Storm drains are designed to remove excess rain and ground water from streets, garages, parking lots, sidewalks and other impermeable surfaces. When storm drains are inundated, flooding occurs. In the United States, aging concrete pipe systems are perpetually breaking down, resulting in infiltration, leaks, low pressure, and failure.
To maintain an effective pipe infrastructure, the cost to cities is massive. It is estimated that over the next two decades, U.S. cities will need to spend ten billion dollars upgrading their existing wastewater collection systems. New sewer construction will be over twenty billion and seven billion will be spent for municipal storm water control.
The major problem is that the concrete used in sewage works is continually assaulted by the acidity from sulphates and waste in the water. Typically, concrete pipe is strengthened with steel cages or mesh, and corrosion is one of the significant reasons for pipe failure, often in as few as ten years. When concrete develops defects such as cracks, gaps, displacement, or holes, the steel reinforcing rebar soon begins to deteriorate and rust as water and chemicals seep in.
These acids cause deterioration especially due to the high temperatures, low speed, and greater retention within the pipes. Additionally, other toxic materials, turbulence, and electrical currents in the nearby soil are further contributing factors for corrosion.
Although these pipes have changed a great deal over the last hundred years in terms of design and materials, the systems still require continual, expensive maintenance or replacement. Other materials have been utilized as an alternative to reinforced concrete such as vitrified clay pipe, which was heavy, expensive and had poor joints.
So, as the search continued for a high quality, less expensive, and superior performing alternative, industry leader Basalt America began using green technology to produce basalt fiber reinforced polymer products that are two to three times stronger and 75% lighter than steel. These steel replacement products never rust, create virtually no carbon footprint and have lifespans of more than a century. The products are carefully assembled in a controlled environment, free from contamination to increase their durability and longevity.
By removing any affected concrete and replacing the steel with basalt reinforcement, damaged networks are given new life. The durability, chemical and moisture resistance, and load-carrying ability of concrete is significantly increased with the use of basalt, resulting in superlative strength that will last virtually forever. With its durability, strength and longevity, this superior product can offer the performance that’s needed, while being economically and environmentally friendly.
If you would like more information on how our basalt products can help you with a better sewer and drain pipes, please visit basaltamerica.com today.