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Methods for Solving Hard Blockages & CIPP Installation Failures in 3-8” Pipes (WWETT Show 2023)

March 23, 2023

Historically contractors chose to clean pipes using Rodding, Electro mechanical Machines/Snakes, and High Pressure Water Jetting. We will cover the pros and cons of each including water consumption, rotational speeds, and safety.  Then we will compare it to the newest high speed / high torque options that are on the market today.  We will cover the the benefits of high-speed drain cleaning compared to other methods including cleaning speed, versatility, site footprint, and tooling options. Depending on the pipe size and problem, there are a plethora of tooling options available to clean the pipes, remove cement/grout, overshot liners, failed liners, FOGS and much more, and we will show some of the leading edge examples of current tooling options. We will also discuss some of the key operational differences users should be aware of when switching from traditional to high-speed drain cleaning methods.  Several difficult customer projects will be reviewed. These projects were often ones that were attempted with traditional methods that were unsuccessful.  We will see how high-speed cleaning machines and tooling were able to successfully complete the projects including situations requiring the removal of cementitious materials and collapsed CIPP liners.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of traditional drain cleaning equipment and methods

2. Discuss the advantages of high-speed pipe cleaning equipment over more traditional methods (jetting, rodding, elector mechanical units)

3. Discuss the key operational differences users should be aware of if when switching from traditional to high-speed drain cleaning methods

4. Review several difficult projects where high speed drain cleaning was able to turn a failed project into a successful outcome

Speaker: Dave McArthur, Training & Business Development Senior Manager at Picote Solutions

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