We’re Celebrating Five Years of Excellence!
We’re Celebrating Five Years of Excellence! We’re celebrating our fifth anniversary this month! We want to thank all of our employees, certified installers, and customers for trusting OBIC products for their water and wastewater structures.Since our founding in 2018, OBIC has been DRIVEN by the principles that make up that acronym: Dedication, Respect, Integrity, Vision, Excellence, and Nobility. These principles have helped to shape our reputation as a trustworthy company offering an exceptional product. You can learn more about the history of the company in our blog post, “How Did Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Start?”Here’s a look back at
Pleasants Construction Performs Successful Metal Pipe Riser Rehabilitation in Maryland
Pleasants Construction Performs Successful Metal Pipe Riser Rehabilitation in Maryland Pleasants Construction, Inc. is an OBIC-certified installer based in Clarksburg, Maryland, with a service area of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and Delaware. The Rehabilitation Division of Pleasants was working on a project in northern Baltimore, Maryland for an MDE and local municipal storm water management division. The structure in need of rehabilitation (shown below) was a bituminous-coated corrugated metal pipe riser (overflow) barrel. Inspections had reported that rust and corrosion were starting to peel and deteriorate the existing bituminous coating. Existing bituminous coating deteriorating within riser
OBIC-Certified Installer Featured on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe
OBIC-Certified Installer Featured on Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe CTR Coatings, an OBIC-certified installer, was recently featured on an episode of the popular TV show Dirty Jobs! Host Mike Rowe joined CTR as they worked on rehabilitating a manhole in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Rowe wore OBIC-branded safety gear while he helped apply our trademark orange- colored polyurea material. Watch the very entertaining video segment, “Mike Rowe Rehabs a Roach Infested Manhole in a McDonald’s Parking Lot!” to see CTR representing OBIC and trying to teach Rowe how to successfully rehab a manhole.
OBIC Announces New Underground Infrastructure Installer in Canada: infraStruct Products and Services
OBIC Announces New Underground Infrastructure Installer in Canada: infraStruct Products and Services OBIC is proud to introduce infraStruct Products and Services as this month’s Installer Spotlight. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Edmonton, Alberta, with a services division serving primarily western Canada, infraStruct is a leading distributor of municipal infrastructure accessory products for water, wastewater, and storm pipelines. Founded nearly 30 years ago, infraStruct is a blend of two previously separate companies. Martech DSS, now the “Products” division, was started 30 years ago and the ownership group took over the business 16 years ago. West Coast Grouting,
OBIC Announces New Underground Infrastructure Installer in Canada: LiquiForce Services
OBIC Announces New Underground Infrastructure Installer in Canada: LiquiForce Services OBIC is proud to introduce LiquiForce, a Puris Company, as this month’s Installer Spotlight. Headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, LiquiForce is a division of Inliner Solutions serving the Canadian market. They are a full-service trenchless solutions provider with locations in Ancaster, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; and Calgary, Alberta. The company was founded by Kim Lewis, Sr. in 1987 and operated as a family business until it was purchased by Granite Construction in April 2018. Then, in March 2022, Liquiforce, as part of the Inliner Solutions Group, was purchased from
What are the Main Causes of Manhole Deterioration?
What are the Main Causes of Manhole Deterioration? After years of rehab and lining work spread across thousands and thousands of manholes, we are regularly asked about the most common issues of degradation we encounter. The two most common are inflow and infiltration (I & I) and corrosion. As discussed in previous blogs, I & I is a biggie because it affects treatment plant capacity. Corrosion commonly refers to Hydrogen sulfide (H2SO4) and MIC (microbial induced corrosion) that eat away at concrete manhole structures or the mortar joint of a brick manhole, causing considerable deterioration if left
Successful Rehab With Transportation Coatings at Food Processing Plant
Successful Rehab With Transportation Coatings at Food Processing Plant As an OBIC-certified installer, CTR Coatings is experienced in offering customized solutions for even the most challenging coatings project. One such project was for a food processing plant located in southeast Mississippi. The plant’s wash drain (weep pad), where truck trailers were parked to be cleaned and drained prior to reloading, had missing and broken concrete, and was in need of a rehabilitation solution that would provide a long-term protective coating. A food processing plant has a heavy rotation of transport trucks loading and unloading. Maintaining
How to Treat Manhole Inflow and Infiltration Issues Fast
How to Treat Manhole Inflow and Infiltration Issues Fast We all know infiltration when we see it – you open the manhole cover and there’s seeping water or maybe even rushing water. This groundwater is leaking into the system and ends up at the wastewater treatment plant, causing operational inefficiencies and higher costs for the community. So when you do see it, you need to know what is causing it and how to treat it FAST. We thought it would be a nice refresher to easily show the six main types of I&I in this illustration and
OBIC and NASSCO Partner for Manhole Rehabilitation Video
OBIC and NASSCO Partner for Manhole Rehabilitation Video OBIC CEO Dustin Schlachter is a member of the NASSCO Manhole Rehabilitation Committee. NASSCO is the source of education, technical resources and advocacy for the underground infrastructure industry. NASSCO and its 650+ member organizations set standards, promote trenchless technologies and protect our communities through the proper assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of buried assets. OBIC was one of the sponsors of a video about manhole rehabilitation. Watch this informative and in-depth video to learn: How many manholes exist in the U.S. -- you might be surprised! The causes of deterioration
How to Protect Your Precast Concrete Manholes From Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion
How to Protect Your Precast Concrete Manholes From Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion Precast concrete manholes were first introduced in the mid-1950’s, and by 1970 were widely adopted as the preferred structure for manhole installation in sewer and drainage applications. Those 1970-ish manholes are now 50 years old (hard to believe!), which is probably close to the original, intended design life. It is common for the published ‘war-stories’ or case histories to be about ancient hand-hewn stone structures built by artisan craftsmen, and those manholes do exist in some of our oldest cities. But most of what we deal