Are you thinking about having your plumbing pipes lined with epoxy? Epoxy pipelining is a great way to rehabilitate your pipes without all the mess and hassle of replacing your plumbing pipes. This is especially true for highrise buildings with multiple tenant units. Epoxy pipelining doesn’t involve tearing out large sections of your walls or digging ditches across your landscaping. Instead, it involves locating your existing cleanouts, connecting equipment to your pipes, cleaning your pipes, and installing the epoxy liners or coatings. Once the process is complete, your plumbing pipes are returned to service.

The good news is that this works for all types of businesses, even multi-story and multi-unit condos, apartment buildings, office buildings, and retail spaces. Let’s take a look at all the benefits of choosing epoxy pipelining.

Incredible Cost Savings

For most businesses, whether they’re involved in commercial endeavors or residential, the cost is a big factor. After all, if you spend a large chunk of your maintenance and upgrade budget on a single project, you won’t have much money left for other projects you may want to complete later in the year. The good news is that epoxy pipelining is more affordable than replacing your plumbing pipes. On average, lining your pipes with epoxy costs roughly $80 to $250 a linear foot, and that’s all you have to pay for when you choose to line your pipes with epoxy.

Here’s how it works. When you choose epoxy pipelining, you don’t have to pay the labor charges that would be involved in tearing out large sections of drywall, ceilings, or floors. You don’t have to pay any additional contractors for repair work once your pipes are lined, and your business operations, residents, and tenants aren’t severely inconvenienced during the entire pipelining process. This is because once your pipes are lined and returned to service, there’s nothing else left to do except enjoy your newly lined plumbing pipes.

Minimized Disruption

When you choose epoxy pipelining, you are choosing the less disruptive method to rehabilitate your existing plumbing pipes. This is because epoxy pipelining is a trenchless technology. When it comes to lining the pipes in your multi-unit building, our technicians at NuFlow look for existing cleanouts. If we can’t find a cleanout in the area where we’re working, we’ll install one with a door. This means that there are no holes left in your drywall once we finish, and you get a new access point to reach your plumbing pipes. This greatly reduces the noise and dust associated with the pipelining project.

Additionally, we make sure to supply your residents and tenants with mixed water once work is completed for the day and in the mornings before we arrive. This allows your building’s occupants to continue to get ready for work, cook, and clean, and your hallways aren’t cluttered with debris and equipment that could impede the flow of foot traffic.

Faster than Traditional Pipelining

If you’re trying to decide between traditional pipelining and epoxy pipelining, you might be pleased to know that epoxy pipelining is fast. Once the project starts, it can usually be completed in two to three days. If you have several runs of pipe that you need to have lined, each run can be completed and returned to service before the next run of pipe is started. This means that your entire building won’t lose water service just because you’re trying to increase the reliability and longevity of your plumbing pipes.

Great Longevity and Durability

If you’re considering lining your pipes with epoxy, you might be wondering how long they last. The truth is that epoxy-lined pipes offer great longevity. Once your pipes have been lined with epoxy, you can expect them to last between 35 and 50 years, and since all of your existing plumbing pipes are left in place, it’s like adding 35 years to your initial plumbing system. Additionally, in some accelerated tests, epoxy-lined pipes have shown the ability to last up to 80 years. Not to mention, we offer 10-year warranties on all of our work at NuFlow.

Epoxy-lined pipes are also durable. Once your pipes have been lined, you can use them just like you used your unlined pipes. Of course, you still don’t want to put forbidden items down your drain lines because that may still result in clogs, but there’s no need to change the basic way you use your pipes.

Improved Water Quality and Flow

Epoxy-lined pipes don’t leach chemicals and hard metals into your potable water. This is because, if you have metal pipes, the water doesn’t flow down the metal anymore. Instead, it flows down the liner. This prevents further corrosion of your plumbing pipes and helps prevent future pinhole leaks and cracks. It also seals existing pinhole leaks, which means the lined pipes won’t contribute to water damage from leaks. This can greatly improve the quality of your water.

Additionally, the first step in the pipelining process is cleaning the insides of your plumbing pipes. Over time, debris, corrosion, and buildup can reduce the internal diameter of your plumbing pipes. This restricts water flow and may lead to complaints of low or no water pressure. Epoxy pipelining maximizes the internal diameter of your plumbing pipes, which maximizes water flow.

Fantastic Environmental Benefits

When you choose epoxy pipelining for your highrise building, you are not contributing to landfill waste. This is because your existing pipes are not removed and thrown away. Additionally, you’re not contributing to the carbon footprint of manufacturing pipes, like mining and transporting the raw materials so that they can be turned into plumbing pipes. This means that pipelining is an environmentally friendly choice that doesn’t increase your building’s carbon footprint.

Excellent for Older Buildings

If your highrise is an older or historic building, choosing to line your pipes with epoxy can help you preserve your finishes. As we stated above, NuFlow Midwest doesn’t cut large holes in your drywall. We don’t remove molding or light switch covers or damage the historic components of your building. Instead, we utilize your existing cleanouts or create new cleanouts to attach our equipment and line your pipes. This means that you don’t have to hire expensive contractors that source period pieces and install them after work has been done on your building. This can greatly reduce your costs while helping to preserve the unique features of your older building.

NuFlow Midwest’s Expertise

Epoxy pipelining is a great solution if you want to keep your costs affordable, reduce the disruption in your building, and enjoy another 35 to 50 years of life out of your existing plumbing pipes. Here at NuFlow, we specialize in creating custom pipelining solutions for all types of buildings. We can line historic buildings, office buildings, apartments, condos, offices, municipal buildings, and even school and educational buildings.

Of course, if you still aren’t sure if epoxy pipelining is right for your building, you can always schedule a building pipe assessment. Building pipe assessments include a camera inspection of your pipes and vent risers. All you have to do is tell us a little bit about your building and how many pipes you’d like us to inspect.

Once we have that information, we’ll call you to tell you a little more about pipelining and the assessment and schedule an appointment. Once we arrive at your property, we’ll perform a thorough camera inspection of each pipe run, documenting everything we find inside your pipes. Then, we’ll give you an estimate for the cost of epoxy pipelining and if your pipes are good candidates for the process.

You might be surprised to know that most pipes can be lined with epoxy, and if we find pipes that are too thin or too deteriorated to line, we can provide a custom solution for that too. This is because we work with licensed plumbers who can replace the worst of your pipes. Then, we’ll line any replaced pipes as well as your old pipes. The result in quality, durability, and affordability is the same. Plus, after the building pipe assessment, you’ll have all the information you need to explain the benefits and costs to your building owner or HOA.

If you’d like to learn more about epoxy pipelining and schedule a building pipe assessment, don’t hesitate to reach out.