Are your corroded plumbing pipes ticking time bombs? Consider that many Chicago area buildings have pipes that are 20, 30, or even 40 years or older – they might be reaching their breaking point. These pipes are under pressure. They experience temperature changes and every day they are subject to corrosion. Even galvanized and zinc-coated and copper pipes will eventually fail. They may fail with a pin hole leak or in dramatically dropping water pressure. A solder joint could begin to drip or loose pipes could create a separation. In some circumstances, they could potentially explode in a massive failure that can cause major damage and create massive repairs. What’s worse is that many times these ticking time bombs are ignored until there is a sign of impending problems.
The Cause of Plumbing Corrosion
Interestingly enough, the cause of most corroded plumbing pipes is the water itself. If your water has a pH level lower than 8, it is acidic enough to cause corrosion. The lower the pH level, the more corrosive your water is.
Calcium is also a problem for water pipes. Very high calcium levels can adhere to the pipe’s interior and restrict water flow. While some calcium can be beneficial in protecting a pipe’s interior, high levels can contribute to the ticking time bomb effect.
Most of us understand the chemical composition of water as H2O. The “O” of course is oxygen and that oxygen contributes to the production of oxide or rust. This interior rust thins the walls of pipes over time and that can potentially contribute to failure.
Many older building plumbing systems involve a variety of pipe materials, generally due to repairs that may have been completed through the years. Perhaps galvanized and copper pipes have been connected together or copper pipes have been secured with steel hangers. This can result in electrolysis or galvanic corrosion. This is another factor in how pipes deteriorate and can serve as a fuse to your plumbing ticking time bomb.
Other Causes of Plumbing Pipe Failure
There is a myriad of other contributing factors to plumbing failures. Poor previous repairs, loose pipes, and high water velocities can lead to failure. The use of over-sized circulation pumps, poor pipe quality, and dramatic changes in pipe direction can be factors as can weak points in solder joints. The point is, there are many elements at work eating away at your pipe’s plumbing every day.
The Nu Flow Solution
Nu Flow Midwest offers an innovative solution to the in our aging buildings in the Chicago area. It is a process that can extend the life of your buildings pipes for decades. Nu Flow Midwest offers a pipe relining process that is safe, more cost effective than pipe replacement, and much less invasive.
Nu Flow’s process scrubs, rinses, and then dries the interior surfaces of your pipes. Once cleaned and dried, an epoxy-resin based liner is introduced. This liner seals leaks and coats the pipe’s interior, creating a new, more durable lining. This new epoxy lining is resistant to the chemical corrosive elements that previously could deteriorate it, offering new life to old pipes.
With Nu Flow Midwest’s pipe-relining process, there is no need for the destruction involved in pipe replacement. Our trenchless process offers much less inconvenience to a building’s tenants.
If you are a Chicago property manager, it may be time to defuse the ticking time bomb plumbing pipes in your building’s walls. Contact Nu Flow Midwest and reline, repair and renew.