Nuflow operator Sam Foss is proud to be the forerunner of no-dig drainage technology in Bundaberg.
Nuflow operator Sam Foss is proud to be the forerunner of no-dig drainage technology in Bundaberg. Max Fleet

Bundy's no-dig pipe fix business

A NEW Bundaberg business now offers a quicker, cleaner and less disruptive way of fixing problems with underground drains.

Nuflow Wide Bay operator Sam Foss said for many years the only way to properly fix underground pipes, was to dig them up and replace the affected sections.

“This method is still widely used, but its major disadvantage is that it creates huge disruption to the area where the pipe is located, especially when the pipe is under roads, footpaths, driveways, landscaping, bathrooms and retaining walls,” Mr Foss said.

The modern method used by Nuflow Wide Bay is pipe relining, closed circuit TV (CCTV) and high pressure drain cleaning.

“Pipe relining is fast becoming the preferred way to rehabilitate broken drains and for good reason: you will never have to worry about digging up broken stormwater or sewer pipes again,” Mr Foss said.

By using a relining process, Nuflow Wide Bay avoids digging large trenches, disturbing pathways or later undertaking rehabilitation work such as relaying turf, paths and gardens, making for substantial cost savings.

“Since most of the work is underground, residents are generally unaffected by the works occurring, and work can be undertaken while there is still flow in the sewer pipe,” Mr Foss said.

“Savvy councils are now using the latest technology available to reline sewer mains with minimal disturbance to residents, businesses and the environment, and this technology is now also available to Bundaberg homeowners, investors and businesses alike.”

Mr Foss said Nuflow Wide Bay was a locally owned and operated business based in Bundaberg and servicing the Wide Bay area.

He said he had extensive experience with relining technologies.

He began relining pipes in the UK in the early 90s, and when he moved to Bundaberg five years ago he found the pipe relining industry in the local area was non-existent, so set about bringing the new technology to the Wide Bay and making it available to all property owners.

The liner is an epoxy resin reinforced pipe that is completely structural – it is a stand-alone pipe with or without the host pipe.

Mr Foss said it completely bonded to the host pipe with no chance of root systems re-entering the pipeline.

“Pipe relining is not only limited to drainage lines, but can be customised to suit drinking water pipes, swimming pool pump flow and return lines, electrical conduits as well as many other applications,” Mr Foss said.

A video camera allows for a visual inspection of underground sewer lines and other piping, determining the condition inside the pipe.

A flexible rod with a specially designed, high-resolution video camera on its tip is inserted into the pipe for inspection.

As the rod is pushed through the pipe, the waterproof camera records its progress and findings.

Video images are transmitted to the camera operator and can be saved onto a DVD for a permanent record.

Once the cause of the drainage problem has been identified it is jetted with high-pressure water to remove tree roots or any other obstructions, and then an epoxy-impregnated liner is pulled into place and inflated with an internal rubber bladder.

It is left to cure and when the bladder is removed there is a new strong seamless pipe inside the old one, creating a permanent structural repair that is guaranteed for 40 years.

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