Every year, Ross Township budgets approximately $125,000 for manhole rehabilitation. The township’s wastewater system, like many across the nation, is composed of many old brick manholes that are beginning to degrade and become inefficient. Manhole infiltration is the main culprit, and township leaders are committed to stopping the leaks and increasing the longevity of the sewer system. 

In 2021, Travis Stanczyk, project manager representing the township with Gibson-Thomas Engineering, found a new way to save both time and money. After being introduced to Rusty Hesselschwardt, business development at ART, during an industry trade show, he agreed to learn more about ART and its polyurea coating systems. After a product demonstration on one of the township’s leaking manholes, he was impressed. “We were pleased with the performance of the product,” said Travis, “and the Township loved the orange color!” 

Proven performance backed by a 10-year warranty

A certified installer of OBIC products, ART is proud to be recognized both for the bright orange color of the products and its reputation for providing industry-proven, long-lasting rehabilitation solutions. “The bright orange color can turn a dark 100-year-old brick manhole into a bright space that you can see clearly from top to bottom,” said Rusty. “More importantly, that orange manhole lining system can also extend the life of the structure by more than 50 years.”

Backed by a team of chemists and continually tested and improved, all OBIC Armor and multi-layer lining systems used in manhole rehabilitation are backed by a 10-year warranty. “That warranty is a testament to OBIC’s confidence in their products and the continuous training of their certified installers,” said Rusty. “At ART, our installers are highly trained and have experience dealing with extreme conditions when it comes to rehabilitating water and wastewater systems.” 

Flexible enough for manholes of all shapes, sizes and locations

The biggest challenge that ART installers faced with the Ross Township manhole rehabilitation project was the tight spaces. “There were around 40 manholes, and many of them were between 18-24 inches in diameter,” said Rusty. “Fortunately, we were equipped to overcome this challenge. Because our products are spray-applied, we can work in smaller spaces without digging up yards or causing long disruptions to service.”  

At ART, we know that no two manholes are the same. They are all different sizes, shapes, materials, and construction. Our installers came to Ross Township prepared for all possibilities and were able to effectively rehabilitate the smaller manholes, as well as the ones that were located in backyards, over hills, in right of ways and other inconvenient locations. 

“The crews working at the sites were very personable and professional,” said Travis. “They were in, out and everything was taken care of as designed. I have nothing but good things to say about the company and the product. This is our first install with ART but I would, and have, recommend them to any municipality.”

Take advantage of a fast return on investment

Ross Township understands the money-saving benefit of rehabilitating their aging manholes and wastewater systems. By stopping infiltration, they are preventing groundwater from being sent through the water treatment plant. This saves a significant amount of money on the operation and maintenance of an overburdened water treatment plant. Read more about the ROI of manhole rehabilitation here.   

With 4-5 hours of work, ART can add 50-75 years to the life of even the most challenging water or wastewater structure. If you are interested in learning more, contact our team at 419-636-2684 or visit our website to sign up for a free product demonstration.