7 Chicago Building Potable Water FAQs

7 Chicago Building Potable Water FAQs

Potable water is the water that flows through your plumbing pipes to your taps, showers, sinks and other water-using appliances. This water has been treated and filtered for harmful contaminants by the city of Chicago’s water treatment plants and has been deemed safe...

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3 Major Consequences of Leaky  Plumbing Pipe on a Building Interior

3 Major Consequences of Leaky Plumbing Pipe on a Building Interior

When you think about your building’s interior, you’re probably thinking about general maintenance repairs, like fixing doorknobs and repainting. You’re probably not thinking about the damage that could be caused by an old, leaky plumbing pipe. Unfortunately, a leaking...

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6 FAQ’s when Evaluating Epoxy Liner Solutions for Your Building Potable Water System

6 FAQ’s when Evaluating Epoxy Liner Solutions for Your Building Potable Water System

Are you looking for trenchless restoration for your Chicago building’s plumbing pipes? If you are, you’ve probably come across information about epoxy pipe lining, which is a relatively new way to restore plumbing pipes and extend their useful lives. Below are a few...

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Why 10 Year Old Copper Pipes Start to Develop Pinhole Leaks

Why 10 Year Old Copper Pipes Start to Develop Pinhole Leaks

If you have copper pipes in your multi-unit Chicago building, you probably know that they last upwards of 50+ years, but did you know that under the right conditions, they may start to develop pinhole leaks in as little at 10 years? The Reason Copper Pipes Develop...

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How a Nu Flow Tech is Trained and Certified for Epoxy Pipe Lining Installation

How a Nu Flow Tech is Trained and Certified for Epoxy Pipe Lining Installation

Here at Nu Flow, we take training and certification seriously. All of our Nu Flow pipe lining technicians train with a certified plumber at Althoff Industries that are also Nu Flow technologies trained, and we attend Nu Flow technologies conferences in order to stay...

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The Difference Between Plumbers Putty Epoxy and Epoxy Pipe Lining

The Difference Between Plumbers Putty Epoxy and Epoxy Pipe Lining

One of the most common questions we receive when we talk about epoxy pipe lining on our social media pages is: What’s the difference between plumbers epoxy putty and epoxy pipe lining? The short answer is that plumbers epoxy putty is a short-term solution and epoxy...

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High Water PH Levels? Why this Could Indicate You Have Slab Leak

High Water PH Levels? Why this Could Indicate You Have Slab Leak

Did you know that if the alkalinity of your water suddenly increases, it could be due to a slab leak? According to the EPA drinking water should have a pH of between 6.5 and 8.5. Water with a pH level lower than 6.5 is considered acidic, and it has the ability to...

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Why Your Property Insurance May Not Cover a Slow Leak

Why Your Property Insurance May Not Cover a Slow Leak

When it comes to protecting your business, it pays to have your water pipes inspected on a regular basis in order to detect and stop slow leaks. Many property managers, business owners and landlords erroneously believe that their property insurance policies will cover...

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How Pipe Tracing Determines Amount of Epoxy Needed to Line Plumbing Pipes

How Pipe Tracing Determines Amount of Epoxy Needed to Line Plumbing Pipes

Did you know that pipe tracing plumbing is an integral part of the pipe lining process? By tracing each pipe to be lined, the appropriate amount of epoxy can be used to completely coat the inside diameter of the pipe to the desired length. Understanding Pipe Tracing...

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Improve Water Quality at Your Chicago Building by Means of Pipe Lining

Improve Water Quality at Your Chicago Building by Means of Pipe Lining

Are you concerned about the quality of your water? With America’s aging water pipe infrastructure, you have every right to be concerned. Every year, water reports are generated that state there are high levels of lead along with other heavy metals and prescription...

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3 Tips to Avoid Future Pipe Lining Complications

3 Tips to Avoid Future Pipe Lining Complications

Epoxy pipe lining is a great way to restore your existing plumbing pipes while reducing the need for repairs and maintenance, but epoxy lining isn’t a completely maintenance-free solution. You will still need to have your plumbing pipes regularly inspected and cleaned...

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The Difference Between Building Vent Stacks and Stack Vents

The Difference Between Building Vent Stacks and Stack Vents

Are you familiar with the building vent stacks and stack vents in your building? Along with drain lines and potable water lines, your Chicago building’s plumbing system also contains vent stacks and stack vents. These sections of your plumbing system do not carry any...

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Potable Pipe System Failure? Pipe Lining Offers Minimal Disruption Rehabilitation

Potable Pipe System Failure? Pipe Lining Offers Minimal Disruption Rehabilitation

When you have a beautiful building that’s home to athletes, celebrities and other professionals, how do you repair your potable water lines without inconveniencing your residents? This was the scenario that faced a luxury condominium complex in San Diego. Their copper...

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30 Years Old? 5 Chicago Building Upgrades to Proactively Plan for Now

30 Years Old? 5 Chicago Building Upgrades to Proactively Plan for Now

Aging buildings can be a nightmare if you haven’t properly planned for the upgrades. Most building systems are designed to last between 10 and 30 years before major repairs and replacements are needed. For example, most plumbing pipes only last an average of 20 to 50...

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How to Retrofit Your Sanitary Drain Stacks with Minimal Disruption to Building Residents

How to Retrofit Your Sanitary Drain Stacks with Minimal Disruption to Building Residents

Do you know what you’d do if your sanitary drain stacks started failing? Sanitary drain stacks funnel wastewater from toilets and urinals into the sewer system so that it can be properly treated and recycled. Since these stacks often run between floors in multi-story...

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The Main Causes that Lead to Rust and Corrosion in Your Building Plumbing System

The Main Causes that Lead to Rust and Corrosion in Your Building Plumbing System

How robust is your plumbing system? If you have metal plumbing pipes, including copper, galvanized steel, cast iron and brass, you will experience corrosion at some point during the lifespan of the pipe. The length of time before you experience corrosion depends on...

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6 Items Your Property Maintenance Should Check During a Routine Plumbing Inspection

6 Items Your Property Maintenance Should Check During a Routine Plumbing Inspection

Keeping your plumbing system in good condition starts with routine plumbing maintenance inspections. These inspections can help you identify where you need to make repairs and upgrades in order to prevent leaks, low water pressure and excessive water use. Plumbing...

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Plumbing Water Explained: Blackwater vs. Greywater vs. Whitewater

Plumbing Water Explained: Blackwater vs. Greywater vs. Whitewater

When you think of your plumbing system, you probably don’t give much thought to the types of water flowing through it or the pipes it flows through. The water pipes leading to your kitchen and bathroom faucets, washing machine, shower and dishwasher contain white...

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7 FAQs About Potable and Non-Potable Water

7 FAQs About Potable and Non-Potable Water

As a property manager, you want your commercial plumbing system to be optimally functioning all the time in order to provide your residents with clean, fresh drinking water and to ensure that wastewater drains from your building into Chicago’s sewer system. Part of...

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FAQ: Can Water from an Upper Apartment Backup into Lower Floor Apartment Drain?

FAQ: Can Water from an Upper Apartment Backup into Lower Floor Apartment Drain?

When you have a condo sink backup or an apartment drain backing up, it can be a harrowing experience. When clogs and root infiltration block the drain pipes, black and greywater can backup into the drains, and these clogs often affect the lower units first. Here’s...

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2 Solutions for a Rotted Chicago Parking Garage Drain

2 Solutions for a Rotted Chicago Parking Garage Drain

Spring is here, and if you haven’t had your garage drain inspected, you might be in for a surprise when the spring rains arrive. Parking garage drains can rot, corrode and clog just like any other type of drainage system with metal pipes, and if you don’t regularly...

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What a Property Manager Needs to Know About Sustainable Piping Systems

What a Property Manager Needs to Know About Sustainable Piping Systems

Are you looking for ways to make your building more green and sustainable? If you are, you may be considering energy-efficient light bulbs, better insulation and a new Energy Star rated HVAC system, but don’t forget about your plumbing system. Leaky and outdated...

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North America Expected to Remain Largest CIPP Market Through 2022

North America Expected to Remain Largest CIPP Market Through 2022

According to Research and Markets, CIPP pipe lining is forecast to be worth $2,486.5 million by 2022. This is due to an increasing demand for less invasive pipe rehabilitation techniques as building owners and cities struggle with aging plumbing pipes and crumbling...

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5 Slab Leak Questions and 1 Smart Solution to Slab Leak Repair

5 Slab Leak Questions and 1 Smart Solution to Slab Leak Repair

Did you know that a small leak in your home can waste as much as 90 gallons of water each day, according to The Energy Collective, and leaks can come from anywhere, including leaking faucets and toilets and slab leaks.  In fact, one of the worst leaks to have is...

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Nontoxic Epoxy Lining Provides Safe Way to Rehabilitate Chicago Plumbing Systems

Nontoxic Epoxy Lining Provides Safe Way to Rehabilitate Chicago Plumbing Systems

If you are considering lining the plumbing pipes of your Chicago building with an epoxy coating or resin, you may be concerned about the safety of the resin lining as it applies to chemicals leaching into your drinking water, specifically BPA.  Epoxy resins, including...

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Will Epoxy Pipe Lining Repair the Plumbing Pipes in my Chicago Building?

Will Epoxy Pipe Lining Repair the Plumbing Pipes in my Chicago Building?

Have you noticed some problems with your plumbing system or received an increase in plumbing related calls in your multi-family residential building in Chicago? If you have, it may be time to start thinking about pipe lining to repair your worn pipes. Plumbing Pipes...

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The Importance of Plumbing Pipe Material Identification for CIPP Restoration

The Importance of Plumbing Pipe Material Identification for CIPP Restoration

CIPP rehabilitation is an effective way of restoring most types of potable water and drain lines in Chicago. However, the type of pipe material and the condition of that material must be known prior to installation so that proper preparation procedures can be...

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FAQ: Pull in Place Pipe Lining for Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation

FAQ: Pull in Place Pipe Lining for Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation

Are you having trouble with your indoor plumbing pipes? If you’ve noticed the need for increased plumbing pipe repairs and emergency plumbing services, your pipes may be nearing the end of their useful lives. Thankfully, plumbing rehabilitation via CIPPand PIPP liners...

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