HDPE Pipe Joint Sealing

HDPE Stormwater Pipe Joint Sealing, Virginia

Problem:

A large sinkhole opened up in the parking lot of a manufacturing facility.  The sinkhole was adjacent to a cast-in-place stormwater drop inlet structure.  The structure was 14VF deep, and was fed and discharged by 54″ HDPE pipes, requiring HDPE pipe joint sealing.  

Facility maintenance personnel had been monitoring the sinkhole and noted that it was growing rapidly.  Inspection of the pipe revealed that there were joint failures at the first joint out from the manhole, and deterioration of the parging.  The parging between the HDPE and concrete pipe had failed to the point of significant amounts of soil washing out during rain events.

Constraints:

The repair had to be done without disrupting traffic in the parking lot.  It also had to provide a longterm solution to the failed pipe joints. 

Along with gently filling the voids around the HDPE pipe without deflecting or damaging it, the repair material had to have enough expansive force to thoroughly seal the small cracks and leaks in the parging between the HDPE pipe and concrete structure walls.

Solution:

HDPE pipe joint sealing with polyurethane grouting

HDPE pipe joint sealing

Chemical grouting using both prepolymer chemical grouting and plural component polyurethane grouting.

Chemical grouting was chosen for injection through the joints of the HDPE pipe.  Prepolymer chemical grouting uses single component polyurethane grouts with exceptionally long gel times.  This virtually eliminates localized expansive pressure, which could further damage the HDPE pipe, which had already failed to the point of egging.  

Plural component structural foam was used for void filling the large sinkhole that extended from the bottom of the structure to the surface.  

Results:

Prepolymer chemical grout was injected through the joints in the HDPE pipe.  This successfully sealed the bell and spigot joints without causing further deflection of the pipes.

The large sinkhole void was grouting using plural component polyurethane grouting.  A low exotherm structural foam was chosen due to the very large size of the void.  Structural foams are important in situations where there are very large voids in areas subject to traffic loading.