Founded in Canada in 1998, Nu Flow’s initial focus was on manufacturing and installing patented and proprietary trenchless drain and sewer lining solutions primarily targeting single-family residences. Cameron Manners developed this technology over a four-year period based upon his work in the sheet metal and sewer lining industries and desire to identify new applications. After recognizing the need for small diameter lining, Mr. Manners founded Nu Flow. After various precursor prototypes, in 2000 Mr. Manners patented a new methodology for a “sleeve within a sleeve” lining to deliver a liner with an internal bladder to damaged drain and sewage lines and pipes.
This process is somewhat similar to a stent being placed in a heart (angioplasty for a building). The second key patent, granted in 2005, protects Nu Flow’s presence “inside the building” by providing the ability to line around multiple bends which is very important given the pipe architecture within a building.
In 2001, Nu Flow began licensing its technology to third party entities (mainly plumbing companies) growing from 10 licensees in 2001 to 250 by 2008. Nu Flow supports the licensees by providing initial and ongoing training, supplying installation equipments and epoxy as well as job support on complex jobs.
In 2005, Nu Flow acquired American Pipe Lining, Inc. (APL) and expanded its product lines to include technology for the rehabilitation of potable pipes and mechanical systems through a pressurized air delivery system. APL licenses exclusive technology developed by the U.S. Navy to repair potable water, fire suppression, and other critical pipe systems, where buildings (or vessels) cannot be readily disassembled. This immediately expanded Nu Flow’s capability to include both non-pressurized and pressurized systems.
Today, Nu Flow continues to be the leader in the small-diameter market, while others have focused on selling technology to other companies as its only way of growing its footprint. Nu Flow has continued to be the choice for contractors while expanding its corporate locations across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and abroad.
With an extensive resume in the department of defense, government, commercial, industrial, mutli-family, healthcare and historical properties, Nu Flow has established itself as the industry leader in the epoxy lining.