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Four Reasons Why Repiping Is The Proven Solution For Aging Properties

Four Reasons Why Repiping Is The Proven Solution For Aging Properties
The art of the modern multi-family repipe (the installation of new pipe to replace old or defective piping) has been around for over 30 years. As buildings begin to show their age, little thought is paid to the reality that aging is more than skin deep. Lurking behind the newly painted walls and beyond the fresh interior upgrades, the plumbing systems we rely on for drinking water, heat, and waste management begin to fail. As failures increase, more leaks are likely to occur.  And, history shows that a repipe solution is often the most efficient and reliable fix for leaking pipes. As such, here are four critical reasons why repiping is the most reliable and cost-effective method for fixing leaking pipes: Minimally Invasive  Counter to the common belief that a repipe is a messy and disruptive process, repiping is, in fact, a time-tested approach that guarantees a minimally disruptive project for both the residents and property management.  Holes are cut with surgical precision in the walls to route the new piping in the most efficient manner from the piping entry point in the unit to each fixture.  At the end of the first day, the unit typically has a completely new piping system.  Residents do not have to move out during the repipe process, and have the guarantee that water is back on and the unit is fully functional each evening. Reliability & Quality Control Contrary to alternative methods of pipe repair, repiping is a proven process and time-tested solution for replacing any......
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High-Rise Headaches

High-Rise Headaches
Leaking pipes can wreak havoc on high-rise communities and the lives of their residents.  While a catastrophic flood is a worst-case scenario, water damage, personal property losses, mold and increased insurance premiums are just a few of the unfortunate consequences of leaking pipes. As our nation’s building infrastructure ages, we are seeing a significant increase in failing piping systems across the country.  With an average life-span of 30-50 years for most piping systems, we predict a 40% increase in the number of high-rise properties requiring a full piping system replacement over the next ten years.  Further compounding the problem, poor local water quality in many jurisdictions is significantly shortening the estimated useful life of these systems, requiring some communities to repipe in as few as 10-12 years post original construction. When replacing pipes in high-rise communities, there are a number of unique logistical challenges that must be overcome to minimize disruption to residents and maximize the efficiency of the job.  These include: Planning for and scheduling elevator usage (and protection) while managing the limited space on an elevator to move materials and crews Minimizing shut downs to vertical stacks (and the building as a whole) through isolation valve installation and/or replacement Managing the vertical nature of pipe connections from floor to floor, sometimes requiring core drilling for vertical penetrations and installation of new firestopping Strategically planning for how to access the pipe including removal and resetting of tile, kitchens, vanities, lights, mirrors, etc. and putting it all back to its original f......
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Know the Life Expectancy of Your Community's Pipes – Before they Fail

Know the Life Expectancy of Your Community's Pipes – Before they Fail
Like most things in life, pipes don’t last forever. To accurately estimate the useful life of the piping systems at your property, as well as plan for maintenance costs and large capital improvement projects, it’s critical to understand how the environment, geography and other factors impact the resilience of those systems. When it comes to different pipe types (i.e., polybutylene, copper, galvanized steel pipe), each has an overall expected usable life based on their material. But when you look beyond the manufacturers’ data and national averages, location is key. With over 25 years of industry experience, we know that in certain areas of the United States, piping systems are failing at a faster rate.  While nationally the average life of polybutylene (“poly”) pipes is 26 years, in states like North Carolina and Virginia, poly pipes are failing up to ten years earlier.  Likewise, for galvanized steel pipes, the average life nationwide is 50 years, but in states like California, we are seeing galvanized pipes fail in as few as 18 years.   We have seen some copper pipes in perfectly good shape at 75 years old, while others have sprouted pinhole leaks at only 10 years of age due to the quality of the copper and the corrosiveness of the water. Cast iron pipe is expected to have a usable life of 50 years or more based on manufacturers claims, but there are reports of newly made Chinese Cast Iron that are failing at a much faster rate. For reasons “why” these certain......
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