Slip lining is a process in which, a liner is placed inside
existing sewer pipes to seal where there are intrusions due to tree
roots. Tree roots in the sewer lines can disrupt or slow down the
flow of sewerage from its place of origin to the waste treatment
plant on the city’s south side of town. Using the liner process
allows the city to restore the proper function of the sewer system
without having to dig up and replace existing pipes.
Ferguson began by explaining that the city has used resin slip
lining before, and last year when bid packets were put together, the
specification was for the resin product. However, some of the
prospective bidders asked if they could also bid the project using a
new UV-cured-in-place product.
After researching it, the city decided to accept bids for the new
style product as well as the traditional resin liner. When the bids
came back, Hoerr Construction had the best offer, coming in well
under budget at $178,835, and also using the new process.
Ferguson said the work was done on the north end of town, in a
residential area. The sewer lines were located in many backyards,
with limited access. He said the project was challenging because the
sewers were in the backyards, and also there were utilities and
other obstructions to getting to the manholes in the area. He said,
for example, one manhole was finally found, located under a doghouse
in the homeowner’s back yard.
He also noted that in this area there were no combined sewers, so
the flow was strictly for sewerage and not storm water also. Also,
he said this was an area where there was no need to increase the
Ferguson offered up slides of photos and explained the process to
aldermen. First, he showed them an example of roots in sewer lines,
before the work was done. He noted in the slide that the sewer line
on the left was one that is in use while the right side picture was
an example of what the line looked like on a tap that was no longer
On the left-hand picture, one could see hair-roots on the upper
left-hand side of the pipe. On the right-hand picture, the pipe was
completely filled with these same roots. Ferguson said because this
was an abandoned tap, which had not caused any issues with the
sewer, but he showed it as an example of what roots can do to a
In the next photo, he illustrated the areas where the work was done.
Noting that in the photo, Hoerr crews were working in the corner of
a fenced yard, with a telephone utility nearby.
Ferguson said that during the work, there were very few consumer
complaints about the process, but that the primary complaint had
been the noise. He said indeed it was a loud process using heavy
equipment, but crews worked as efficiently as possible.
He noted that in the 6,000 feet of slip-lining, there had also been
only three consumers who were disturbed by the excavation of their
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To complete the project, the sewers were first cleaned out, and then the new
slip liner was installed.
The next picture in the slide show illustrated how the new liner went into the
existing sewer pipes. Once installed, the liner is then cured in place with UV
The final picture, Ferguson said was of what the sewer line looked like after
the work had been done.
During his presentation, he also explained how the distances were measured, and
taps into the sewer from residents were marked, then cut out after the liner was
installed. He noted that in some of the camera views, crews had noted potential
problems on the homeowner side of the taps and that homeowners had been notified
that they could have some issues that needed to be addressed.
Ferguson said that while there had been very few complaints, each complaint
filed was addressed with the residents. He also noted that there happened to be
a large number of what he referred to as “unjustified” complaints. He explained
that several consumers reported that the work being done was causing issues in
their homes. However, Ferguson said in all cases, the complaints came from areas
where no work was being done. He said the department did contact those people as
well and talked with them about their issues.
Mayor Marty Neitzel asked if the liner fits snug against the existing pipe or
was there a space gap between the two. Ferguson said the liner is snug against
the existing pipes.
Jeff Hoinacki asked if this was a process that could and would be used in other
parts of town. Ferguson said it definitely was. He said this project took care
of a lot of the backyard sewer connections, but that the process will be used
elsewhere in the future.
In summary, Ferguson said it was a very successful project, coming in under
budget and offering a superior product for the residents of Lincoln.