Before you hire a Chicago pipe lining expert, you should ask a few questions so that you fully understand the process, benefits and potential drawbacks. Here at Nu Flow, our pipe lining experts are always ready to answer all of your pipe repair and restoration questions.
Why should I choose pipe lining or pipe coating over pipe replacement for my Chicago multi-unit residential building?
Chicago pipe lining and pipe coating are less expensive and less invasive than traditional pipe replacement. Pipe coating involves cleaning your water supply lines and/or drain lines and spraying an epoxy coating over the interior surface of the pipe to fill in small holes and restore the pipe’s capacity and durability. Pine liners are thicker than pipe coatings and can be used on pipes that are severely corroded and even missing sections.
Will the chemicals in the epoxy leach into my residents’ drinking water?
Chicago pipe lining is used to stop the leaching that occurs when certain types of metal pipes are used, like copper, lead and nickel. In fact, all Chicago pipe liners and coatings must be compliant in accordance with several different government standards and regulations.
Can you line lead pipes to help prevent lead poisoning?
Lead pipes are a known source of lead contamination for drinking water. If you own an older building or had plumbing repair and replacement work performed in the 80s, you may have lead pipes and lead solder. Pipe coatings and liners can be installed on the inside of your water supply pipes to stop lead from leaching into your residents’ drinking water. This is because coatings and liners prevent the water from coming into contact with the lead pipes, which completely removes the opportunity for lead leaching.
Will you have to cut through my walls or dig up my yard to perform the pipe coating or lining service?
Pipe lining and pipe coating are minimally invasive when it comes to digging up your yard and cutting holes in your walls. Our pipe restoration experts generally only need to access your pipes at the starting point and ending point. If your pipes are exposed, we will not need to cut holes. If the pipes are completely walled-in, we may need to cut two small holes in your drywall, but this is far less expensive and time-consuming than removing entire sections of drywall along with decorative panels and fixtures.
Can you line pipes that are encased in concrete?
The process of lining pipes in concrete is very similar to the one we use to reline pipes that are inside walls. Our technicians will locate and perform a camera inspection of your concrete encased pipes to determine which type of pipe restoration process would best suit your needs. Then, we will access the pipe via the least invasive method possible in order to clean and dry the pipe and install the liner or epoxy coating.
Is pipe lining environmentally friendly?
Chicago pipe lining is environmentally friendly. This is because we are not removing your pipes and dumping them in a landfill. Instead, we are lining your existing pipes, which creates very little waste. Additionally, the process of manufacturing liners and coatings does not produce nearly as many environmentally unfriendly byproducts as the process to manufacture new copper, nickel or plastic plumbing pipes.
How will my residents be affected by the Chicago pipe lining process?
Our pipe restoration experts will work with you to create a definitive work schedule that lists the dates that each residential unit or floor will be affected. Then, we will post that schedule online and notify your residents. In fact, you can view one of our upcoming schedules right on our website.
How soon can you provide me with an estimate so that I can talk to my management company or board members?
To talk to one of our pipe restoration experts and learn more about our minimally invasive processes as well as how we can help you restore the integrity of your water pipes, call us at 815-790-9000. We would be happy to talk to you about your project and schedule a comprehensive estimate.