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Helms Succeeds in Railroad Repair

Posted by Morgan Helms on Jan 12, 2023 10:00:00 AM

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Railroads are an integral part of our nation’s infrastructure, and Helms knows how important it is to maintain their structural integrity and operability. Unfortunately, soils beneath railroads and railbeds are subject to settling from water intrusion.

With our structural polyurethane resins that support over 14,000 lbs. per square foot, Helms Polyfoam can stabilize and lift railbeds back to their normal and safe levels. In fact, Helms recently succeeded in solving a railroad repair problem for one of our clients, Gulf Coast Sand, in Picayune, Mississippi.

For this client, a 75-foot section of railway approaching their railcar scale had settled 5-6 inches. This settling was causing inaccurate scale readings due to uneven weight distribution along the scale. When there’s a soil stabilization or settling problem, Helms has the solution!

In order to ensure an even distribution of lift and stabilization, it was determined that varying depths of injections should be made. These injections were spaced on 4-foot centers, at a span of 4 injections wide per track (one injection point on each outer rail and two injections inside of the rail track) for an approximate injection total of 80 injection points.

At each of the 80 total injection points, ½-inch galvanized tubes were probed to a depth of 6 feet and 4 feet, alternating at each injection point. Expanding resins were then injected into the shell mixture at each injection point for stabilization without adding additional lift to the track.

The result? Our injection pattern for Gulf Coast Sand created a soil squeeze where each injection point compressed against the adjacent points to create a solid, rock-hard mass below the surface!

If you need concrete lifting or soil stabilization work done in the Mississippi area, click here to contact Helms Polyfoam today!

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Effective Water Treatment Facility Repairs

Posted by Morgan Helms on Jun 14, 2022 10:00:00 AM

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Water and wastewater treatment facilities are essential for communities and municipalities. They supply drinking water to communities and treat wastewater before it is discharged into lakes or rivers. Many water and wastewater treatment facilities are aging and badly in need of repairs and maintenance.

Concrete is one of the most common building materials for water treatment facilities. Whether part of new construction or an older structure, concrete can be susceptible to leaks. Leaks through concrete are generally going to be through cracks, joints, and honeycomb (areas in poured concrete of mainly coarse aggregate with voids in between). Depending on water volume and pressure, and the size of the joint or crack, you may encounter weeping leaks, steady leaks, and gushing leaks.

What’s the solution? Helms Polyfoam! With any aging concrete structure in which moisture is present, the need for maintenance is inevitable. When it comes down to dollars spent on water treatment, maintaining water leaks is paramount. Helms Polyfoam can repair and effectively seal leaks in water treatment facilities also while staying within budget.

The Alchemy-Spetec polyurethane leak seal resins we use are pumped into cracks in walls and water holding tanks to fill and seal them, both now and in the future. Anywhere water can go, these polyurethane resins can follow. Polyurethane crack injection repairs and prevents leaks by filling cracks in concrete tanks and pipes. Polyurethane concrete crack injection repair is waterproof and non-toxic. There is no need to worry about dangerous chemicals seeping into the ground or contaminating the water.

Helms is your Mississippi area expert on all structural, polyurethane resin repairs. Our repairs can be completed quickly without shutting down operations or taking anything offline for long periods. Plus, our repairs are much more affordable than other alternatives, such as replacing pipes or tanks altogether.

We implement a repair plan that doesn’t require you to shut down operations or leave you with a big mess. It requires no excavation. This means a smaller footprint on your job site or facility and minimum downtime.

And you know what is even better? ARPA!

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes in the Fiscal Recovery Funds (FRF) one of the largest fiscal advances to state and local government budgets in recent history. ARPA federal funding now makes it possible to address infrastructure and structural repairs – just like these water and wastewater treatment facility repairs – that are an ongoing challenge in our state.

Helms Polyfoam has water treatment facility repair experience using polyurethane concrete crack injections to seal off leaks. And now, you can use ARPA funds to help you cover these costs! Call us at 601-966-7821 or click here to fill out our contact form.

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