When your Chicago building has plumbing issues, such as water lines that are aging rapidly and headed towards corrosion and failure, you want a solution that is safe, inexpensive, and effective. For that reason, many building owners consider the benefits of epoxy pipe lining to help update water systems that are headed towards failure. But how do you make sure that it’s a safe option for your structure? In this article, we’ll discuss both the safety concerns many people have in regard to epoxy pipelining and some of the benefits of using this type of plumbing solution on your Chicago structure.

Is Epoxy Pipe Lining Safe for Chicago Structures?

What’s in Epoxy Pipe Lining?

Epoxy is created when two compounds are mixed to form from a liquid state to a hardened, smooth material. The epoxy resins we specifically use in our epoxy pipe lining process in Chicago uses two very safe compounds, which contain no harmful substances. The epoxy used by Nu Flow has received over 7,000 hours of testing and has been approved as a safe repair option. You can be assured that all of our products adhere to the applicable standards, including NSF/ANSI standards and all building and plumbing codes.

At Nu Flow, we’ve spent a great deal of time and training to ensure that our epoxy pipe lining process provides you with a smooth, even coat of epoxy resin inside your pipes after we’ve removed any corrosion that is restricting flow. We take time to determine the right temperature to heat your pipes to in order to get the perfect bond between the pipe and the epoxy resin, ensuring that you’ll get a quality installation that will provide solid benefits for many decades to come.

What isn’t in Epoxy Pipe Lining?

Now that you know what you will find in epoxy pipe lining, it’s time to take a few minutes to talk about what you won’t find, specifically lead, copper and corrosion. By using epoxy to line your existing plumbing system, taking care of lines down to 1/2″, you can assure your residents that your building isn’t adding any lead or copper into their water, making it a great selling point.

Though this may not entirely remove lead from the drinking water in your building, the replacement being undertaken by the City of Chicago of over 400,000 lead water supply lines will continue to lower overall lead levels in the city’s water supply. For that matter, depending on the specific circumstances, we may be able to temporarily epoxy the interior of a lead supply line leading to your building, making it easier to reduce lead levels in drinking water even further.

Our epoxy pipe lining resin also does not contain any BPA and does not leach or corrode when exposed to chlorine or chloramine, it just delivers pure, clean water to taps within your structure. This allows you to rehabilitate older pipes that are beginning to experience some issues without having to completely replumb your entire structure, making it much easier and more cost-effective to keep your building operating efficiently.

What are the Benefits of Epoxy Pipe Lining in Chicago?

Now that you know that having epoxy pipelining on your facility is safe for people using the building, have you considered some of the many benefits of having your existing plumbing system treated in this fashion? Here’s a quick overview of some of the biggest benefits many building owners see when they work with us to rehabilitate their old pipe system with epoxy resin pipelining.

  • Cost. It’s expensive to do a lot of demolition either inside or outside your building, in addition to the unhappiness it can cause with people in your building. By comparison, epoxy pipelining can be done without having to do a lot of demolition, because it’s handled through your existing plumbing, reducing the cost of upgrading your system significantly.
  • Durability. Not only does Nu Flow offer a 10-year no-hassle warranty on our work, but it’s also expected that most epoxy pipelining projects using our technology will have a lifespan of at least 35-50 years, with accelerated lab testing showing promise for systems to last 80 years or more, giving you exceptional durability beyond most new pipe replumbing estimates.
  • Flexibility. Working well with a wide range of applications and metal pipe types, our epoxy pipelining process has been used in schools, apartments, fuel transport pipelines, underground utilities, hospitals, hotels, and even ocean-going vessels. This gives you a great option no matter what kind of structure you need help with.
  • Speed. Minimizing downtime is a great reason to go with epoxy pipelining. Our system cures up within 2-3 days, and we’re able to work with your schedule to reduce the impact of epoxy pipelining projects on your facility or structure. Instead of spending weeks on end with expensive replumbing options, you can simply get back to business as usual.
  • Quality. The long lifespan of our pipelining resin allows you to continue using it decade after decade, enjoying the benefits without all the drawbacks of a full-structure replumbing process. Because you’re not removing the old pipes, you’re producing minimal landfill waste when corrosion is removed from your system.

By understanding that epoxy pipe lining is a safe, beneficial process for your Chicago area structure, you can avoid a lot of extra expense and effort in favor of rehabilitating your existing plumbing system. If you’re ready to learn more about how epoxy pipelining can benefit your building, to get answers to any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation on getting a quality epoxy pipelining job on your structure, please feel free to contact us today.