The whole trenchless and pipe lining industry is doing very well in an economy that still struggles to catch up even 5 years later. Although CIPP has been around for more than 20 years, it is only in the last few years that it has become a hot topic for municipalities, industry and even homeowners. It’s now more accepted as a permanent fix than it was back in the day, thanks to education and technical progress in the field.
Technologies have evolved since the early days and there are more and more things we can fix with trenchless methods. This has helped the industry getting noticed and brought about a changing of the guard in public opinion.
Around ten years ago, it was a challenge to cure two manhole-to-manhole liners in a single day. A 90° bend was a nightmare. The pipe diameters we can line today have gotten bigger and bigger. But I think a big breakthrough will come in being able to line smaller pipes. Accesses and bends have always been a problem.
Resins and materials and methods have gotten better and better and continue to do so. I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon, even if the use of polyester is a big health concern today and unfortunately for manufacturers that use them a lot, I don’t see that concern fading away.
As a result of all this advance of technology, cities have started using CIPP in mainlines, then lateral connections, then their portion of the lateral as well. Residential interest is coming and it is coming fast. Everyone since 2009 has been trying to cut costs and trenchless technologies and pipe lining is all about that.
Formadrain is thinking about the future. We are creating some “ready to install” steam-cured liners that will be cost effective as well as very stable at ambient temperature. There will be no need heavy setup and lots of room to work. Steam cure is inexpensive and very efficient and lots of smaller plumbers will want to target that residential market without purchasing $400,000 worth of equipment.
This state-of-the art expensive equipment that developers build with passion will always be necessary to upgrade the efficiency of the mainline lining crews, but this might not be adapted to smaller residential work and homeowners are more and more aware of these technologies. This is why Formadrain is pursuing this trend.