Have you completed fall building maintenance for your plumbing system?  When it comes to keeping your Chicago building potable water pipes and drain lines running reliably and efficiently all winter, you can’t go wrong with a comprehensive plumbing maintenance checklist.

1. Think Inside Your Chicago Building

  • Clean Your Chiller and HVAC System – Commercial chillers and HVAC systems often use water as the heat transfer device.  Now is the time to have those pipes cleaned and your chiller disinfected to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination that could make your residents sick.
  • Clean Your Drain Lines – Have your drain lines professionally inspected and cleaned prior to the holiday season.  If any pipes need repairing, make plans to have that work completed before the end of the fall season.
  • Inform Your Tenants – Prepare a checklist of safe drain habits and distribute the list to all of your tenants.  The list should include proper and improper items to rinse down the drains and flush down the toilets.
  • Inspect and Clean Your Boiler Pipes – Boilers operate with either hot water or steam that travels through a pipe network in your building.  To ensure proper flow and to prevent dangerous leaks, have your boiler pipes inspected and cleaned before the end of fall.
  • Insulate and Install Heat Tape – Indoor pipes that are located in unheated areas of your building should be insulated and wrapped in heat tape to prevent freezing.
  • Test for Leaks – An air pressure test by a qualified plumber can help detect leaks in the potable water side of your plumbing system before they become large enough to cause major damage.

2. Think Outside Your Chicago Building

  • Walk Your Property – Take the time to walk your property, especially over areas that contain potable water pipes and drain lines.  If the ground is sinking or wet and there’s been no rain, you may have a problem in one or more of your underground pipes.
  • Check Your Outdoor Water Faucets – The outdoor water faucets or hose spigots allow your maintained crew to operate hoses, sprinklers and other water-using appliances so that you can keep the exterior of your building and the sidewalks clean and keep your lawn watered.  Make sure there are no leaking outdoor spigots and take the time to winterize hose spigots prior to the first frost.
  • Winterize Your Outdoor Sprinkler System – During the cold nights and cold days ahead, you won’t need to water your grass.  To prevent winter damage to your irrigation system, make sure to winterize it during the fall.
  • Make Sure the Drains in Your Parking Lots and Parking Garages Are Clean – have your parking lot and parking garage drains inspected and cleaned of all debris.  This will help ensure that they are ready to drain away rain and melting snow and ice.

3. Proactively Prevent Leaks

If you are worried about leaks from aging or extremely corroded plumbing pipes, consider proactively preventing leaks with an epoxy coating or pipe liner.  These methods of pipe restoration help prevent future corrosion while sealing small pinhole leaks, and in some instances, the service can be performed without shutting off the water to your entire building.  This is because we can utilize your existing shutoff valves to turn off the water in the sections of your building where work is being performed.  Our pipe lining process is also faster than traditional pipe replacement, which means your residents will experience a faster water service restoration.

To schedule a building pipe assessment for your Chicago multi-unit residential building to learn if epoxy pipe lining would benefit you this winter, give us a call at 815-790-9000.