When is the last time you priced drywall repair costs for your multi-story, residential high-rise in Chicago? If you haven’t you may be in for a shock. Many property managers, superintendents and condo and co-op board members often feel sticker shock when they start the process of assembling drywall bids after getting their pipe replacement bids. This is because the cost of installing and repairing drywall after a total pipe replacement can be more than the cost of the plumbing system replacement.
Traditional Repipe Costs
When most Chicago property managers think about replacing their plumbing pipes, they think about the cost of the pipes, fittings and the labor used to remove the old pipes and install the new pipes. Unfortunately, a plumbing repipe is a much larger and more expensive job than most property managers realize.
Before the pipes can be replaced, the drywall in front of the pipes must be removed in order to expose the existing pipes. If some of the pipes are located in concrete, behind brick or underground, those materials must be removed before the pipes can be replaced. Once all the material covering the pipes have been removed, the old potable water and drain lines can be removed and new potable water lines and drain lines can be installed.
Once your plumbing pipes are replaced, the water to your building is turned back on, but the drywall and other finishes are not repaired. This is because plumbing companies are not generally responsible for the finishes they much remove during a plumbing pipe replacement. Instead, the property manager must find a contractor to install new drywall or repair the existing drywall with patches and plaster or drywall mud, and in most instances, the costs to replace the drywall can rival the cost of the repipe.
Limiting the Damage to Your Building with Pipe Relining
Pipe relining can limit the amount of damage to your building’s drywall and other finishes. This is because entire sections of drywall do not need to be removed. Instead, only access holes that are needed to be cut in order to connect the pipe lining equipment and install the pipe liners.
According to Express Sewer & Drain in California, it can cost as much as $250 per linear foot to perform a traditional pipe replacement. This means that if you need to replace 100 feet of plumbing pipe, you could be looking at spending $22,500 just to replace the pipe. This estimate does not include finishes and fixtures that were removed in order to successfully replace the plumbing pipes.
Plumbing pipe lining, including epoxy liners and coatings, can also cost as much as $250 per square foot, but the collateral damage to drywall, flooring and custom finishes, like wallpaper and moldings, are negligible, which means you could save tens of thousands of dollars by choosing trenchless pipe relining over traditional pipe replacement.
Pipe Lining with Nu Flow of Chicago
Nu Flow of Chicago can help you decide if pipe lining would be the best choice for refurbishing your old plumbing pipes. One of the ways we can help you decide is with a building pipe assessment. This plumbing pipe assessment involves the use of a camera inspection that determines the ages and condition of your plumbing pipes.
After the camera inspection, our pipe lining professionals will explain the findings, tell you whether or not pipe relining would benefit your building and give you a written estimate. Our pipe lining techs can also answer all of your questions about pipe lining and its benefits.
To schedule your building pipe assessment, call us at 815-790-9000. We would love to talk to you about your Chicago residential building’s plumbing pipes and how pipe lining can extend your plumbing system’s useful life.