Spray Foam Breakers
Laying down pipelines has always been a back breaking job, but some pipeline companies are utilizing a technology that can ease the process along -- spray foam.
Traditionally sand bags were stacked in the trench around a pipeline at about 50 foot intervals on inclined stretches. Used for erosion control, the sand bags for breakers would slow the flow of water down the trench.
And now, life can be made a little easier with the latest in spray foam insulation technology
- experts can prepare a trench breaker in minutes
- conformed to any shape or condition the application requires
- spray foam expands 120 times per second
- forming a watertight barrier that won’t break down over time
- polyurethane helps hold welded joints together
- acts as rock shield
- the pipes themselves can also be insulated
- It’s also environmentally friendly, containing no CFCs, formaldehyde or ozone depleting agents.
This now means pipeline companies are going to be spending less on labor as spray foam is a much more pain free solution to erosion control.
Stacking the 30-50 pound sand bags around the pipelines has always been one of the most physically demanding jobs on the site. Laborers would have to stand in the bottom of the trench and position the heavy sandbags around the pipeline by hand.
Spray foam is faster! With one or two workers, breakers can be installed in 15-20 minutes, an hour long job for crews with sand bags. Using spray foam can be a cost saver for pipeline companies for that reason.
In addition to decreasing expenditures for pipeline companies, spray foam is also a matter of being environmentally responsible.
By adhering to the pipe and to the bank, spray foam is very efficient at erosion control and helps to prevent wash outs. Additionally, because of the rigidity of the foam and its adherent qualities, it is very effective at keeping the pipelines in place. Spray foam prevents the pipes form moving and causing an environmental disaster.
For more info on spray foam breakers or polyurethane for erosion control, call 770-558-5862