Ten Tips To Help Stop Inflow & Infiltration
Inflow and infiltration won’t stop on its own. It will get worse (much worse) if not handled. And, as it gets worse, it causes public works departments, municipalities and utilities more and more problems.
The main problem is the cost associated with inflow and infiltration. A leak that loses ten gallons per minute, which is pretty common, can turn into 5,256,000 gallons per year, which is a waste of approximately $10,512 per year*. And, that is just one leak. Think about the number of leaks that could be occurring in your area.
With this in mind, here are the tips to help stop Inflow & Infiltration in your area:
Tip #1: Conduct regular inspections to identify cracks or damage to pipes and manholes. Inspections can help you understand where the leaks are, and which should be fixed first.
Tip #2: A product that needs to be replaced regularly isn’t stopping your inflow and infiltration problem. It’s prolonging it.
Tip #3: Many manhole structures have joints and seams that can allow water to seep in. Sealing these joints and seams with wraps or seals can stop, or prevent inflow and infiltration.
Tip #4: Seek out the advice of professionals that can help you solve I&I properly, and for good. I&I can be complex, and professionals can bring with them expertise, knowledge and experience to help you solve your I&I issues.
Tip #5: 80% of inflow and infiltration comes from between the frame and the cone. Pay attention to this area, and leverage sealing solutions to stop I&I in that area.
Tip #6: Look for manhole sealing solutions that are backed by the manufacturer and that have proven results.
Tip #7: While stopping inflow and infiltration can seem overwhelming, you need to start somewhere. After inspecting your manholes, fix the most obvious issues first.
Tip #8: Focus on a long-term approach to solving I&I vs a quick-fix solution. Quick fix options tend not to solve the underlying cause of I&I, which can prompt the issue to arise again in the future.
Tip #9: I&I can be caused by multiple factors. While the visible issue may be a broken pipe, or a blocked sewer line, it’s important to look further to identify all potential causes of I&I.
Tip #10: If there is an opportunity to secure free product, a demonstration on how to install those products and free advice from an industry professional, seize that opportunity. Request a free product demonstration from Cretex Specialty Products today.
Inflow and infiltration can be both challenging and big monetary burden on the public works department, municipality or utility that you are managing. It is necessary to make a plan to stop I&I and implement that plan. Start by giving us a call for a free product demo – we can help!
* WWTP cost approximately $2 per 1000 gallons. 5,256,000/1000 x $2 = $10,512 per year.
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