Are you considering trenchless pipe technology for the aging plumbing pipes in your Chicago building? Trenchless technology, especially pipelining, is a great idea if you’re looking to reduce chemical leaching, keep your building clean during the pipe restoration process and save money. If you’re a Chicago Property Manager here are 12 things you need to know about it.

1. Epoxy pipe lining is approved for use in Chicago buildings.

Epoxy pipe lining is a patented method of pipe restoration that involves either coating an existing pipe with a viscous epoxy liquid or lining the pipe with an epoxy soaked pipe liner. Both of these methods create a pipe within a pipe, and they are approved for use in Chicago and saves having to dig up or rip out existing pipes.

2. It’s completely safe for potable water pipes.

Before pipelining could be put into commercial and residential use, it had to be thoroughly tested and pass various requirements while meeting certain standards. This includes the IAPMO standards which cover innovative new plumbing materials and ICC ES PMG code official standards, which ensures that a specific plumbing product has passed rigorous testing and examination before it is put into use. What does all this mean to you, your residents and your Chicago building? It means that lining your plumbing pipes is completely safe for both potable water lines and drain and sewer lines.

3. Trenchless technology can be used for every pipe in your Chicago multi-unit family building, even the vent stacks.

When you think about trenchless technology, you probably think about your front yard and how traditional sewer replacements often involve digging up the entire length of the sewer pipe. The truth is that trenchless technology means no-dig or very little digging, and it can include your walls, ceiling and floors, not just your outside property. It can also be used on any pipes from 1/2” diameter up to 10”, in any location.

4. NuFlow offers 10-year warranties.

When you have epoxy pipe lining performed in your building, we, at NuFlow, warranty it for 10 years. The pipe liners and coatings last an average of 35 to 50 years with some tests indicating that they could last as long as 80 years. This means that having your pipes lined lasts just as long as having new pipes installed.

5. Epoxy pipelining can be used with all types of plumbing pipe materials.

Trenchless pipe lining is approved for all types of plumbing materials, including copper, galvanized steel, PVC, CPVC, cast iron and brass. This means that we can line every pipe in your building, regardless of the type of plumbing pipe brand.

6. It helps prevent future leaks by stopping corrosion.

Since epoxy pipe lining creates a pipe within a pipe, once it is installed, it stops current leaks and prevents future corrosion in metal plumbing pipes. The process also stops leaching, which occurs when the water moving through your system picks up trace chemicals from the plumbing pipes. This is especially beneficial if you have copper pipes with lead seams because lead from the seams and copper can leach into your potable water, especially if those pipes are corroded.

7. Epoxy pipe lining improves water pressure and flow.

When you stop leaks and remove corrosion and debris within the pipes, water pressure and flow are restored. This is because the diameter of your plumbing pipes is maximized. Once the pipe lining process has been completed your residents will notice better water pressure when taking showers and using their sinks, and your water pumps may experience less wear and tear.

8. Lining your pipes with epoxy is cleaner and quieter than a traditional pipe replacement.

When you choose to restore your plumbing pipes with trenchless epoxy pipe lining, there’s less mess. This is because the pipes that are to be lined merely need to be accessed, they do not need to be completely removed. In most instances, our pipe lining technicians can use existing access points. However, when that’s not possible, we create access points and install access doors, which eliminates damage to drywall.

9. Your landscaping is safe when you choose pipelining.

No need to rip up and replace landscaping. With trenchless technology trees and shrubs can be left in place, which helps avoids complaints from neighbors, and the expense of new landscaping avoided.

10. Pipelining with NuFlow is faster than a traditional pipe replacement.

Pipe restoration is much quicker than traditional pipe replacement. On average, it takes about 24 hours to install a pipe liner, wait for it to cure and restore the pipes back to service. When you choose traditional pipe replacement, it can take days to complete the pipe removal process and install the new pipes. Not to mention, you’d still be responsible for finding contractors to replace any missing drywall, which can take additional time.

11. You’re money will go farther when you choose pipelining.

Epoxy pipe lining is considered extremely cost-effective. This is because it takes fewer resources and manhours to line your pipes than it does to replace them. In other words, your money will go farther when you choose epoxy pipe lining over traditional pipe replacement.

12. Pipelining is environmentally friendly.

By avoiding a complete pipe replacement, you are being environmentally friendly. This is because you’re not buying new materials, and your not sending old pipes to the landfill. Instead, you are simply restoring the pipes that are already in your building and extending their useful lives.

Pipe Lining with NuFlow Serving Chicago

When you need to repair your pipes but don’t like the idea of ripping out drywall and creating a mess in your building and having to hire additional contractors to make repairs after your pipes have been replaced, consider epoxy pipelining. It can be used for every pipe in your building, and it creates less mess and hassle that you and your Chicago residents have to deal with while the work is being performed.

To learn more about epoxy pipe lining and how it can help you safely and reliable restore your plumbing pipes, give us a call at 815-790-9000.