Q1 2021 Recap


As the first quarter of the year wraps up, we’d like to share a few updates on what has been going on behind the scenes at Cretex Specialty Products.

Lunch & Learns: We kicked off the first two months of the year with virtual Lunch & Learns. These Lunch & Learns were geared towards connecting with engineers that were likely in the office a bit more due to weather constraints. Our discussions focused on how to identify sources of inflow and infiltration, causes, costs associated with inflow and infiltration and how to solve these issues. From our perspective, the conversations were great, and we were able to help a number of municipalities and public works departments plan for the rest of the year.

Applied vs. Mechanical Sealing Solutions: A recurring topic during our Lunch & Learn sessions was the difference between applied and mechanical sealing solutions. We believe it is important to be informed about the differences to determine which chimney seal solution is right for your situation. A few key details to consider:

  • Applied seals require a variety of tools and equipment to prepare the manhole and frame surfaces, and have an estimated 7–10-year design life.
  • Mechanical seals require minimal hand tools to prepare the manhole and frame, and have an estimated design life of 25 years.

The bottom line is that the right chimney seal can help stop up to 70% of your inflow and infiltration issues, so we encourage you to learn about the options available.

Product Demonstrations: As temperatures warm up, we are easing back into product demonstrations. These demos offer municipalities and public works departments the opportunity to work with our products directly, and install them alongside our team. We’ve already made our way to Texas for a product demonstration, and have more scheduled for April. If you’d like to see our products up-close, contact us about a free product demonstration.

As the year progresses, we’re looking forward to additional product demonstrations, and helping departments solve their inflow and infiltration problems.