FAQ

Omega UV Liner Systems
Frequently Asked Questions

Following are the most commonly asked questions about our company, products and services. If you need answers you don’t find here, we encourage you to contact us, so our experts can get back to you as soon as possible.

What is the History of Omega Liner Company?

In October, 2016, Omega Liner Company, Inc., was formed by industry veterans Gary Strom, Brandon Strom, and Ken Moulds. They were seeking a way for their ultraviolet cured-in-place pipe (UV-CIPP) liner installation company to become its own materials supplier. Frustrated with the lack of reliable performance from materials suppliers, they wanted to control their supply chain so they could ensure efficient response to their customers’ needs.

 

The company was incorporated in 2017 in Canton, South Dakota. Today, Omega continues to grow its market, providing premium quality UV-CIPP liner products and installation equipment to other contractors, who demand only the highest performing materials available. Omega is also expanding into the development of proprietary equipment and process technologies that not only optimize their own liner product performance, but also ease installation for their contractor customers and provide confidence in the long-term efficacy of the installed product.
 
Does the company have a mission statement?
Omega Liner company, Inc. exists to offer responsive, environmentally conscious ultraviolet cured-in-place pipe (UV-CIPP) liner installation solutions of the highest quality.
 
Where Is Omega located?
Omega’s manufacturing facility is located at 515 Noid Road in Canton, South Dakota, USA. We are proud to be an American-owned company that offers an American-made product.
 
Can I visit the factory?
We welcome visitors to our plant. We are proud to provide guided tours of our state-of-the-art facility with full testing laboratory, packaging department and liner impregnation equipment. We ask only that you contact us ahead of time so that we can make sure someone is available to accompany and guide you on the manufacturing floor.
 
What makes Omega different than other liner manufacturers?
Situated in the central United States, shipping from our plant to all parts of the USA and Canada is fast and easy. The contracting background of Omega’s founders means that we know what it takes to get the liner in the ground. We appreciate the importance of scheduling and on-time delivery of materials to site, and the cost of shipping delays. For this reason, we ensure that Omega has a large inventory of dry liner on hand, waiting to be impregnated and shipped. We understand the importance of making competent technical support available, and providing proper training for our customers’ installers. Therefore, we have the capability to offer next-day, onsite support. We have extensive experience with the bidding and tendering process, and can assist with proposals, technical submissions, etc.

Pre-Order Parameters

What kind of pipe can I install an Omega liner into?
Omega liner can be installed in pipes made from commonly available, commercial grade pipe material and in common profiles. Our liners will form rounded corners when used in square profile pipes. Omega liner can be used in hand-laid brick and stone-laid pipe, as well.

 

What inflation pressures/pull speeds are required?
This information is available from Omega, and may be found in the Resources section of our website.

 

Do you have a manual or instructions on how best to work with Omega liners?
Yes. Please request a copy from our customer service department.

 

We have a problem with our installation, and we are not sure how to proceed. Can Omega help?
Our Technical Director, Jason Homrighaus, is ready to lend his considerable technical expertise to the expeditious solution of your installation challenge. Simply call him at 518-332-7210, or email him with an explanation of your issue. He will immediately begin working with you to get your crew moving again.

 

There is a gap between the pipe and the manhole. Can we still use an Omega liner?
Yes. Omega liner is a fully structural replacement pipe, and as such, does not require a host pipe for proper calibration or structure. Additional safety caps will be required, however, to bridge the void.

 

There is a change in diameter in the pipe run we must line. Can we still use an Omega liner?
Yes, but the diameter changes must be accurately measured and evaluated to ensure a satisfactory result will be obtained. Consult our representatives, who are happy to work with you to determine those critical measurements.

 

I have a job that can only be done in the winter. Can I still use an Omega liner?
Yes. The UV curing process is not dependent on temperature in any way. Liners should be protected from freezing during storage, but can be sufficiently worked in the field under extreme conditions.

 

My installation got delayed but I already took delivery of the liner. Will I need a new liner?
No. Omega liners are warranted for installation up to 6 months from time of delivery. They generally can be used up to 1 year after delivery, but in such cases, need to be checked for viability before proceeding.

 

I have an installation in a sensitive environmental area. Can I use an Omega liner?
Yes. One of the strongest characteristics of Omega liners is that the UV curing process has a very high quality control and fugitive emission performance level. This means that all the liner material is cured at time of installation, all but eliminating long-term leaching potential. Curing is a closed process that exhibits very low levels of styrene emissions.

For the ultimate protection of the environment, Omega offers vinyl ester resins, which are non-hazardous and effectively emission-free. This more inert material does come at a price premium, however.

 

Ordering

How do I place an order?

You may place an order for our services or products by calling one of our sales representatives at 605-558-1020. If you’re not sure which of our sales people cover your territory, please call our office and speak to a customer service representative, who will direct your inquiry to the appropriate person.

 

What do I need to know to order the right liner?

In order for us to properly fulfill your liner order, we will need to know the diameter size and length of the pipe you will be lining. We ask that you make your measurement in feet and inches.

 

Do you offer credit/payment terms?

Our customer service representative will be happy to explain our payment and credit terms. We make every effort to work with you to make each transaction as easy as possible.

 

Who do I call if I have any questions?
Our sales team or our inhouse technical expert, Jason Homrighaus, can help you order the proper liner, accessories and supplies. We will put a priority on expediting your order so that you have what you need, when you need it.

 

How long does it take to get a liner?
Shipping times will vary according to your project’s location, but under normal circumstances, on-site delivery happens within 12-24 business days after the finalization of your order.

 

I have an emergency job. How quickly can I get a liner?
Again, the physical reality of distance dictates how quickly we can expedite your order’s delivery. However, we are willing to work within the limitations of available transportation modes to get your product to your jobsite as early as possible.

How are Omega UV Liners made?
Our liners are built with the highest quality E-CR-Glass fiberglass and UV cure resins, in a state-of-the-art facility. Our digital camera Quality Assurance/Quality Control system ensures uniform impregnation and thickness. Our resins are gelled/thickened, so there’s no runny mess on site, which adds safety for the installation crew. Our quick-cure formula offers better production rates for the contractor.

 

What are the material properties of Omega Liners?
Our liner is constructed with a puncture-resistant, removable inner foil, and tough UV-protective outer foil. This offers tough construction for safe and easy handling and installation by the contractor.

 

Do you have chemical resistant resins?Omega Liner offers polyester resin, which is resistant to a wide variety of common chemicals. For additional chemical and solvent resistance, we also offer a vinyl ester resin.

 

What is the longest liner I can get?
We supply liner lengths up to 820 to 1200 feet, depending on diameter size. Beyond that, the liner would become physically unwieldy to install.

 

What size/thickness of liners are available?
Omega liners are available in diameters from 6 inches (150mm) to 63 inches (1575mm). They come in thicknesses from 2.4mm to 15.6mm, in 1.2 mm increments.

 

How heavy are Omega Liners?
The weight of our liners depends on a variety of factors. Because each installation differs in location, site conditions and application function, we assign one of our sales or customer service representatives to help you determine the ideal weight for your particular project.

 

Do you offer environmentally friendly materials?
Omega liner impregnation is available in polyester (styrenated) and vinylester VOC-free resins.

 

How are liners shipped?
Most of our liners are shipped via over-the-road flatbed truck. We can also ship smaller liners LTL, if desired.

 

Do Omega liners carry a warranty?
Omega Liners carry a 6-month Installation Warranty after delivery, and a one-year Final Product Warranty after proper installation. Contact a customer service representative for our complete Terms and Conditions.

 

I need a custom or odd-sized liner. Can Omega help me with this?
Omega is proud to be capable of creating odd and unusual liner sizes. Because custom work must take place outside our usual production process, aware that additional time will be required to accommodate these orders.

 

What applications are appropriate for Omega Liners?
Omega liners are applicable to most main line sewer rehabilitation situations. They are also appropriate for the repair of culverts and other drainage structures. Some considerations must be kept in mind, however:

  • Omega Liner is primarily a structural repair product, and does not adhere to the host pipe by itself. If full sealing or isolation is required, additional products or procedures may be needed.
  • Another consideration is the host pipe. In particular, pipes that have large bellies or sharp bends may create cosmetic defects, such as bunching or internal roughness. In extreme cases, these defects could impact the structure of the pipe. Contact our team to discuss your situation and help you determine the best product for the situation.

Tools & Equipment
The following end kit tools are recommended for proper installation of Omega Liners. Two kits should be available for efficient installation.

  • 3-lb. sledge with fiberglass handle & no-slip cushion grip – 1
  • 19mm long pattern combination wrench – 1
  • 13mm long pattern combination wrench – 1
  • 3/8-Inch drive by 19mm 6-Point Socket – 1
  • 13mm socket 3/8″ drive, shallow – 1
  • Flex ratchet 3/8-Inch – 1
  • Stanley utility knife, Model 99E – 4
  • Utility knife replacement blades – 100
  • 20″ tire iron, spoon lever – 2
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver, 1-1/2″ – 1
  • IRWIN VISE-GRIP original locking welding clamp, 9″ – 4
  • Metabo WE15-150 quick 13.5 amp 9,600 rpm angle grinder with electronics and lock-on sliding switch, 6″ – 1
  • 4-1/2″ dry-cutting, continuous rim diamond saw blade with 7/8″ arbor for masonry – 3
  • Adjustable wrench, 8-Inch – 1
  • All-purpose work bucket – 1
  • Heavy duty extension cord, 20 ft. – 2
  • Heavy straps, 2″ ratchet – 4
  • Heavy straps, 1″ ratchet – 4
  • Light straps, 1″ ratchet – 2
  • 3/8″ Rope, 20 ft. – 1

Liner Installation Support Tools

  • Impact drill, cordless – 1
  • 1.25″ drill bit – 1
  • 3/8″ drill bit – 1
  • Impact driver – 1
  • 3/8″ driver tip – 1
  • #2 Phillips bit – 1
  • Flashlight – 4
  • Rechargeable batteries – 4
  • Cordless Sawzall – 2
  • Spare blades, 12 – 1
  • Portable generator – 4
  • Portable 2″ pump – 1

Liner Installation Equipment

  • Cable winch of appropriate length and capacity for install location – 1
  • Method to position liner, crane, forklift, skid steer, telehandler, payloader etc. – 1
  • Roll support fixture (A-frame or similar) – 1
  • Tools for opening crate – as needed
  • Lifting slings – as needed, various lengths and capacities
  • Cable swivel joint – appropriate size and capacity
  • Shackles – as needed, appropriate size and capacity
  • Duct tape – as needed
  • 2-inch heavy ratchet straps (locking, with long handles) – as needed
  • Anchor bolts – as needed
  • D-ring anchors – as needed
  • Heavy roller bars – as needed, various lengths
  • Snatch blocks – 20,000 lb., as needed
  • Heavy screw jacks – as needed, various sizes
  • Bar rollers – as needed
  • Manhole rollers – as needed
  • Portable capstan winch – appropriate size and cap
  • High-strength rope – ¼”- 3/8” as needed
  • CSE equipment – appropriate size and cap
  • Pipe plugs – as needed, appropriate size

Curing Equipment

  • UV Curing system with adjustable positioning or alternate wheel sets – 1
  • Cable Roller system to protect UV cable – 1
  • Appropriately sized cans for liner and UV system – 1
  • 2″ Heavy Duty Ratchet Straps – 6
  • Sluice Foil material for light train installation – 1

Finishing Equipment

  • Tools for grouting end of pipe – 1
  • CCTV camera system for post inspection – 1
  • Robotic Cutter system for Lateral reinstatement – 1
  • Carbide Cutting heads for Cutter – 1

Do you rent or loan equipment?

Yes. Not only do we rent most routine equipment, we also offer a number of patented solutions not available anywhere else. Please call us to discuss your specific needs.

 

We are new to UV-CIPP. Can you help us with our installation?
Our Technical Director, Jason Homrighaus, is ready to lend his considerable technical expertise to the expeditious solution of your installation challenge. Simply call him at 518-332-7210 or email him with an explanation of your issue, and he will immediately begin working with you to get your crew moving again.

 

I got a contract for a much bigger liner than my crew has ever worked with. Can Omega help us with this?
Our engineers, designers and installers are available to consult with you to plan and execute successful UV CIPP liner installations of any size. Call our Technical Director, Jason Homrighaus, or email him with a description of your project, and he’ll reply at his earliest convenience.

 

I have an opportunity to bid on a large UV project. Can Omega help me figure this out?

Our experienced team is ready to leverage its extensive contracting experience in helping you increase your new business opportunity. Call our Technical Director, Jason Homrighaus, at 518-332-7210 or email him with an explanation of your potential project, and he will immediately begin assembling the appropriate team to work with you in assessing your crew’s ability to tackle the project, and preparing your bid if it’s a good fit.

How are UV liners different than felt liners?
UV liners use fiber-reinforced carriers that are much tougher and lighter than felt liners used in steam-cure applications. The higher strength properties of the fiberglass carrier mean the liner will have a thinner wall that reduces the amount of resin needed to form it, while maximizing the finished liner’s hydraulic carrying capacity. UV liners also do not require refrigeration, increasing potential transport options and reducing shipping costs. The resins that impregnate these fiber carrier materials are subject to a different type of curing process, as well.

 

Why are they called UV liners, and how do they cure?
They’re called UV liners because the resins that impregnate their fiber-reinforced carriers are cured using ultraviolet lights instead of steam. Not only does this make for a far safer workplace, avoiding the toxic vapors created by steam-curing, it also forms a tougher, longer-lasting liner.

 

What is a light train?
A light train is the transporter that carries a series of ultraviolet lights through the liner once it’s positioned in the pipe. A polymeric inner film isolates the wet resin from the light train, allowing the light train to be pulled easily through the pipeline to cure its entire length. A pre-cure quality assurance inspection of the liner is accomplished by a digital camera on the light train, while other instruments record data on travel rate, pressure and temperature during the cure cycle.

 

Do UV liners produce odor and chemical emissions?
A polymeric inner film encapsulates the resin, lessening exposure of any odor or chemical emissions from the cured resin, which are minimal.