According to Gallup, 55 percent of the American population is concerned about their drinking water, and they have plenty of reasons to be concerned. Most recently, a US Kleenex plant located in Connecticut contaminated nearby drinking water with forever chemicals, In Chicago, it’s estimated that 68 percent of young children have been exposed to lead in the drinking water, and let’s not forget that trillions of gallons of water are leaking due to aging plumbing systems. Of course, if a pipe is leaking water, foreign objects can also get into the pipe. With all of these water concerns, you might be wondering what NuFlow is doing to negate its impact on the environment and improve water quality. The truth is that lining your plumbing pipes with epoxy pipelining is environmentally friendly, and it can help prevent heavy metals from leaching into your water supply pipes.

Epoxy Pipeling’s Environmental Conservation Impact

When we talk about environmental conservation, we’re talking about taking steps to reduce the human impact on nature. This means that environmental groups make it their mission to restore and enhance habitats. They take steps to protect wildlife habitats, and they make an effort to reduce the likelihood of plant life and wildlife injuries and deaths.

The truth is that epoxy coatings and liners are an eco-friendly pipelining solution that prevents injury to the environment. Epoxy pipelining doesn’t involve destroying habitats. This is because large trenches don’t need to be dug into the soil, and your landscaping will remain intact. In other words, it’s a trenchless technology. Reaching your below-ground plumbing pipes is as easy as locating an access point. Of course, there needs to be two access points. Epoxy pipeliners need an access point at the beginning of the run and at the end, which means you may have two smaller holes dug into your property instead of one large, landscape and habitat-destroying trench, and it means that the plants, birds, squirrels and bunnies won’t be negatively impacted during or after the pipelining process.

Epoxy Pipelining’s Waste Reduction Efforts

If you pay attention to the EPA’s statistics on materials waste and recycling, you might know that there were over 292.4 million tons of waste produced in the United States in 2018. US landfills receive 139.6 million tons of trash each year. Paper and paperboard make up the majority of the waste at 23.05 percent. The second biggest category is food at 21.59 percent. Plastics make up 12.2 percent, and metals make up 9.76 percent. Of course, plastic and metal are used to manufacture the majority of plumbing pipes, and together, those make up 21.96 percent of landfill waste. Of course, not all the plastic and metal going into landfills is plumbing pipes, but if those materials are not recycled, they do get sent to the landfill.

The good news is that lining your pipes with epoxy means that little to no materials are being sent to the landfill. This is because large sections of drywall, moldings, ceiling tiles, and flooring aren’t removed and discarded, and your existing pipes are left in your walls. When your pipes are lined with epoxy, your existing plumbing pipes become the host pipes. The process for potable water pipes involves blowing the viscous solution through the pipe or brushing it onto the interior pipe walls until the coating reaches the desired thickness. When your wastewater pipes are lined, an epoxy-soaked pipeliner is threaded through the pipes and pressed against the interior pipe walls. Once the epoxy cures and hardens, they become the new pipes. Your old pipes won’t experience any further deterioration, and they can remain in place. This effectively extends the useful lives of your existing pipes while not contributing to landfill waste.

Epoxy Pipelining Has a Low Carbon Footprint

In fact, the epoxy manufacturing process doesn’t create any carbon emissions. The carbon emissions come from transporting the epoxy. After all, the epoxy mixture components must be transported from the factory to the pipelining company, and then, the company has to transport those materials to the job site. However, this is a much lower carbon footprint than what’s produced by the pipe manufacturing process.

In order to manufacture plumbing pipes, materials must be mined from the ground using heavy, fossil-fuel-burning equipment. Then, those materials must be transported to the manufacturers, using more large trucks. The finished product is also heavy and must be transported by semis and other large vehicles to the hardware stores and plumbing companies. Then, more transportation takes place from those companies and stores to the job sites. When you choose epoxy pipelining to restore your existing plumbing pipes, you are choosing the environmentally friendlier option that produces fewer greenhouse gases.

Pipelining Conserves Natural Resources

Epoxy pipe liners help conserve natural resources. Most notably, it helps conserve water. After all, just household leaks in the United States cause an estimated loss of one trillion gallons of fresh water each year. In fact, just a single leaking pipe that drips 10 times per minute can waste a gallon a day. That’s 365 gallons a year, and if you have multiple leaks in your building, you could be wasting several gallons a day. The good news is that epoxy pipelining can help stop leaks. This is because the liners and coatings fill the small gaps and cracks in existing plumbing pipes, effectively stopping the leaks. This means that the freshwater supply is helping to be preserved, and you’re saving money on your water bills.

Epoxy Pipelining is Eco-Friendly

Epoxy pipelining is considered a green technology. Manufacturing epoxy starts with BPA and Epichlorohydrin (ECH). From there, other chemicals are added to help improve certain properties of the mixture. It’s important to note that epoxy resins are often a two-part mixture. The first part is the epoxy, and the second part is the hardener. These two components must be mixed in order to create the desired final result. In the case of plumbing, the hardener and resin combine to form a new plumbing pipe.

This is often more environmentally friendly than other types of pipe replacement and rehabilitation. Epoxy pipelining doesn’t harm natural environments. It doesn’t contribute to water pollution, and in fact, it may help reduce water contamination by preventing leaks. After all, think about all the floor cleaners and other soaps you use in your building in order to keep it clean. All of those soaps travel down your drain lines. If your drain pipes leak, those soaps end up in the environment instead of at the water treatment plant.

Eco-Friendly Pipelining with NuFlow

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly way to rehabilitate your plumbing pipes, consider NuFlow. We offer pipelining technologies that don’t negatively impact the environment. Your existing plumbing pipes won’t end up in landfills. Excessive fossil fuels aren’t burned to transport the epoxy and liners to your location, and the manufacturing process for epoxy resins doesn’t produce any carbon emissions.

Once the liners are installed, you may even notice cleaner water. This is because your potable water isn’t flowing through metal plumbing pipes where it can leach lead and other heavy metals or travel over corrosion and pick up contaminants. Additionally, you’ll be helping to preserve our freshwater supplies. This is because epoxy pipe liners help seal leaks to prevent water waste. Lastly, your old plumbing pipes won’t end up in landfills. Instead, when you line your pipes with epoxy, you are extending their useful lives by as much as 50 years. This is quite an achievement, especially when you consider that brand-new plumbing pipes only last an average of 20 to 70 years.

If you’d like to learn more about epoxy pipelining and its benefits and schedule a building pipe assessment to see if epoxy pipelining would benefit your Chicago building, please contact us. We would love to help you reduce your water waste and be more environmentally conscious.