Legionnaires

The Ugly Truth About Legionella

National Water Quality Month is a reminder to take a look at how our communities value the importance of water and how our actions or lack there of can greatly affect water quality. What’s most concerning in recent years is the lack of education that has lead us down the road towards lower water quality and even unsafe water in places such as schools, hospitals, and other facilities. Legionnaires disease is a hot topic today and outbreaks across the US have grown by 4.5 times since 2000. (National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System). 6,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in 2015 alone (CDC). This is the beginning of a water quality epidemic.

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Budgeting For Pipe Systems

Best Practices to Effectively Budget For Plumbing

The holidays around the corner, which means for many property managers with HOA associations it’s time to start planning for your 2018 operating and reserve budgets! Plumbing may be the last thing on your mind, however, with the rising number of failing piping systems across both the public and private sector in North America – it’s time to plan for pipes. Budgeting for your HOA’s plumbing is more imperative than ever to maintain a functioning system, keeping emergency repair costs down, and extending the useful life of your pipe systems. A proactive pipe plan today means money saved tomorrow.

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Signs Your Property May Have Leaks

 

It is crucial to have healthy and working plumbing in your home or property. Unfortunately there are many complications that go along with it. With issues like, pipe deteriorations, corrosion build up and leaks, maintaining pipes is a lot of work. Issues with pipes can cause greater problems such as property and surface damage.

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Lead Water Regulation

In the more recent years, lead poisoning has been garnering a lot of attention. In the past lead was largely used do to its flexible and durable nature. Things like paint, structures and pipelines all consisted of lead.

However now, lead has contaminated water and has caused 30% of lead increase in the blood of children. The U.S., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has implemented a Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA insures safety to the water supply in every public setting this includes schools. As Children spend most of their time in school settings it is important to make sure lead exposure in school are at a minimum.READ MORE

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3 Benefits of Hiring a Pipe Lining Specialist

 

Specialized Pipe Technologies (SPT) works very hard to deliver the best service when it comes to rehabilitating pipes. Founded in 1994, SPT has the reputation of servicing advanced pipe cleaning, inspection and restoration.

Here are some benefits of hiring SPT as your pipe lining specialist.

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Toronto Drain Services

The City of Toronto is home to almost 3 million people. With growing popularity across the world and becoming a Canadian hot spot, Toronto has been attracting more visitors and inhabitants. In the quest to make sure the city is functioning properly, home owners, government officials and property owners are making sure every aspect of the city is on point. This includes cleanliness, garbage disposal, road maintenance and much more. Most importantly healthy pipelines are an integral apparatus for a functioning society.

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Sewer Line Backups: The Warning Signs

 

Sewer lines are an integral part to having a healthy and functioning home. Mainly responsible for wastewater transportation, most home and property owners pay no mind to it unless there are issues with the sewer line.

In order to get a head start on knowing whether or not your sewer lines are in trouble these are some signs to look out for.READ MORE

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Saltwater Corrosion and Your Pipes

Water is a vital component of survival for any living thing. In order to get clean and drinkable water, pipelines are a necessity to live. However in many instances there are times where outside material is detrimental to the pipeline. If your property is close to large bodies of water, saltwater is a concern

Water enables fast oxidation, however salt water has a lot of dissociated ions which act as catalyst to cause corrosion. The combining of moisture, oxygen and water is more damaging to metal than rust is. This deadly combination has the ability to eat away at the metal and weakening it. Buildings close to ocean water with exposed pipes are susceptible to corrosion at a faster rate.

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Pipe Assessments

Corrosion, pinhole leaks, build up and blockages make up a small percentage of issues that could go wrong with your pipelines. These can result in ongoing problems like drainage issues or backups. Pipes over the age of 30 are more likely to deteriorate however in many cases, complications tend to go undetected until there is a problem.

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Repair Copper Pipes in Concrete Slab

Traditionally in order to fix damaged pipes a dig-and-replace is vital. As it may sound like a simple solution, there are many complications associated with this process. For instance, leaking copper pipes entrenched in a concrete slab is difficult to replace. Not only will this cause a disastrous mess it will also be pricey. The plumber will have to dig through the slab to get to the pipe and another company will have to mend the mess caused by the plumbing job.

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