New Technology Finds Leaking Infrastructure Before and After Rehabilitation

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 10, 2016–

City councils, public works departments, municipal bondholders, and utilities may be replacing leaking sewer and water pipes with rehabilitated pipes that leak as much – or more – than the old ones.

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Low voltage current assess 360-degrees of pipe wall finding & measuring all openings that provide a pathway to ground. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Recent studies also suggest that closed-circuit television (CCTV) and other inspection techniques may be causing engineers to design and implement projects that fix the wrong pipes.

Those are the findings using a new technology from a California start-up that detects leaks in brick, cement, clay, concrete, plastic, and relined pipes that deliver sewer, water, and natural gas.

With billions spent annually to fix crumbling infrastructure, a recent poll found that 46% of respondents encountered significant defects after pipe repairs.

“Trenchless rehabilitation projects generally follow industry accepted guidelines,” says Chuck Hansen, Chairman, Electro Scan.

“But, leaks not found by legacy inspection equipment often cause defective pipes to be unknowingly accepted by utilities,” continues Hansen.

Problems are usually not found until after a warranty expires.

Last week, Trenchless Technology magazine, a leading underground infrastructure publication, and Electro Scan Inc., conducted a webinar that highlighted a city that recently completed a 5,500-foot cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining project.

Using Electro Scanning Inspection 1,066 ft or 19% of the project had more leakage after rehabilitation.

“Leaks at service connections, cracks, defective joints, lining wrinkles, and faulty point repairs, are difficult to see or measure,” states Henry Gregory, former Deputy Assistant Director, City of Houston.

Serving as Special Advisor to the Company, Gregory also served as Peer Reviewer for the 1991 EPA Handbook: Sewer System Infrastructure Analysis and Rehabilitation – still referenced by EPA consent decrees.

The patented technology uses low voltage current to evaluate 360-degrees of a pipe wall, finding and measuring openings that provide a clear pathway to ground.

Industry publications now recommend the technology for acceptance and certification of new and rehabilitated pipes.

Equipment can be purchased and added to existing CCTV vans or services can be separately contracted with the Company or Authorized Partner.

About Electro Scan

Founded in 2011, the Company develops and markets pipe condition assessment products and services that locate, measure, and report defects in sewer, water, and gas pipelines.

Electro Scan
Carissa Boudwin, +1 916-779-0660
carissa@electroscan.com