As a multi-unit residential building manager in Chicago, the health and well-being of your residents is of paramount importance. One way to keep your residents comfortable and healthy is by preventing PVC pipe leaks. Water leaks caused by your plumbing system can lead to the build-up of mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory problems in your residents, as well as thousands of dollars in damage and the need to turn off your water while your plumbing system being repaired.

Common Areas for PVC Pipe Leaks

PVC pipe leaks often occur along joints and seams, which is usually the result of a bad installation where the fittings were installed too tightly or not tight enough. Leaks can also occur when too much or too little glue or pipe cement is used. Improper understanding of water pipes and drains by your residents may also contribute to clogs and leaks throughout your building.

Taking Proactive Steps to Decrease PVC proactive_prevention_pvc_pipe_leaks_.jpgPlumbing Leaks

As a building manager, you and your maintenance staff can take steps to prevent leaks by educating your residents and creating a pipe maintenance schedule to detect leaks and problems with your plumbing system before they become expensive repairs.

1. Teaching Residents How to Properly Care for Their Drains and Fixtures

Your building’s plumbing health starts with educating your residents on the proper use of drains, showers, toilets and other fixtures. If a toilet overflows or a fixture leaks in an upper unit, the water can travel downward affecting other units. The same is true for grease, food particles and other items that may get put down drains. Even if the items leave the initial drain, they could stop in other parts of the drain, creating a large clog. Therefore, it is important to teach your residents to never put grease or oil down a kitchen drain, even if it has a garbage disposal. Only toilet paper should be flushed down toilets. Residents should put paper towels, facial tissues and other types of paper and sanitary products into trash bags.

2. Preventive Plumbing Maintenance

Having preventive maintenance performed on your potable water lines and drain lines can help avoid costly repairs. To help prevent cracks and blowouts in potable water lines, consider having your water pressure regularly tested, especially in units on the lower floors. Water pressure that exceeds 80psi can dramatically reduce the expected life of your PVC pipes, causing major cracks.

Make sure to have your water heaters and boilers regularly inspected and tested. Hot water appliances are prone to sediment buildup, which can reduce their efficiency and cause the premature failure of the heating elements.

Utilize your plumbing company’s camera inspection services. Flexible cameras can be threaded through your potable water lines and drain lines to detect wear and tear, clogs, leaks and pipes that are nearing or past their expected useful lives. Once you know you have a potential water pipe problem, you can take steps to fix the problem before it negatively impacts your bottom line.

Long-Term PVC Pipe Leak Prevention with Nu Flow

If you’ve noticed an increase in PVC pipe leaks to spite your best efforts to prevent those leaks, consider a different approach. Here at Nu Flow, we can help you prevent future leaks by lining your PVC pipes with durable and affordable epoxy pipe liners. These liners are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. They are also less destructive than traditional pipe replacement and leak repair services because they do not require cutting out large sections of your building’s drywall or other finishes.

To learn more about how pipe liners can help stop PVC pipe leaks, call us at 815-790-9000.