Hospital Called SPT for a Second Opinion

A hospital in Florida had undergone multiple expansions to keep up with heavy demand. To keep up the hospital had to add space for additional care, but the speed of expansion didn’t allow for the proper maintenance of their existing pipe infrastructure. After Hurricane Michael damaged two other hospitals, they began carrying an even heavier load than usual to accommodate the demand in the region. The continual wear and tear on the building’s aging pipe infrastructure began to take its toll. Drainage backups and pipe failures were becoming common disruptions to the medical staff and maintenance team.

The hospital’s engineering partner initially considered replacing the aging pipes. But pipe replacement would require that they take extra precautions to avoid contamination from construction dust and debris into sensitive areas of the hospital. In addition, they would have to shut down sections of the hospital for multiple phases. The project would likely take years to complete, so they decided to look into pipe lining as an alternative. Pipe lining not only provided them with the long-term solution that they needed to restore their pipes, but it allowed them to remain open, avoid any major construction damage, and greatly reduce the possibility of contamination of sensitive areas of the buildings.

However, the aging pipes were not their only challenge. Because of the multiple phases of expansion, the engineers did not have a complete blueprint map of the hospital’s piping system. They would be going into the system nearly blind to clean and line the pipes.

The engineering team began the pipe lining project with a competitive lining company in the area and called Specialized Pipe Technologies to get a secondary bid on the project. SPT created a thorough plan for the project, taking into consideration all of the special needs for the hospital staff and their patients, as well as how to tackle the unknown pipe layout. When both companies presented their final plans, SPT’s bid for the project was actually slightly higher than their competitor. But the experience of SPT, a clear understanding of the situation and extremely detailed production plan put them a step ahead of the competition and the bid was awarded to SPT.

SPT televised, cleaned, mapped, and rehabilitated over 3000 linear feet of cast iron pipes in and under the facility. The complex project only took 6 months to complete and did not require any extended shutdowns at the hospital, allowing the medical staff to continue to do what they do best, taking care of people.

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    Specialized Pipe Technologies

    For over 25 years SPT has provided sewer, water line and storm drain inspection, cleaning and non-invasive pipe lining solutions. We help property owners and managers clean and repair their existing pipes using “no-dig” non-invasive renewal techniques. SPT repairs leaks and cracks with our internal “pipe-within-a-pipe” lining process that uses existing access points and doesn’t require tearing out walls or landscaping. 

    Our expert pipe lining installation teams have rehabilitated more than 2 million linear feet of pipe!