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How to Extend the Life of Wastewater Mains
Monday, December 31, 2018

How to Extend the Life of Wastewater Mains

Do you know when you last had your wastewater pipes inspected? If the answer is no, you could be putting your lines at risk for leaks or bursts. Learn more about the importance of regular assessment of your lines, as well as the tools that PICA recommends for inspection below.

Prevent to Protect

Due to the highly corrosive nature of materials transported by wastewater lines, pipes can be degraded at an accelerated rate. Hydrogen sulphide gas, bacteria and oxygen can all corrode the metal pipes and cement mortar linings. Without proper inspections being conducted regularly, wall-loss and cracks can be hard to catch and may only surface once the fracture has become deep enough to cause a full break. Bursts can be difficult to contain, posing danger to communities (for a sewer line), and can incur millions of dollars of damage within a short time period.

At PICA, we work closely with clients to perform routine inspections that identify these types of hazards proactively before they have the chance to progress to failure.

Tools You Can Count On

To ensure accurate and efficient results, PICA relies on the wide range of industry leading tools developed by our team. See the attached .pdf file for a list of available PICA Tools.

The PICA SeeSnake family of Tools

SeeSnake Tools use a non-contact, electromagnetic technique to detect both internal and external flaws quickly. They can be tethered or free-swimming, and are completely autonomous robots that have memory, battery, and odometers built-in. Results generated are highly accurate, and are able to detail the severity and location of areas with wall thinning with ease.

Don’t Wait For Disaster: be proactive. Knowledge (of pipeline condition) is power!

If you’re unsure of your last inspection, it’s time to get back on track. Contact PICA today to get started.

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