The Benefits of Having a Pipe Restoration Plan

Whether you manage a condominium complex in Washington D.C. or in the Fredrick Maryland area, your goal is to keep your building running smoothly. This includes things you don’t see such as plumbing but, sometimes the health of your pipes is hidden from view. To minimize hidden plumbing problems that could turn into plumbing disasters you hire a plumbing company to inspect your pipes. The pipe assessment reveals that your plumbing system is severely corroded and is in danger of backing up into your property. As a property manager, you present this information to your association’s board members. Unfortunately, it can take more information and planning to convince your board members to repair pipes that have a high likelihood of becoming a plumbing problem.

If the plumbing company you hired to inspect your pipes gave you an estimate for traditionally replacing your building’s pipes – note that there are other ways to repair corroded pipes. A pipe assessment and estimate for cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining can provide you and your board members with a second opinion often revealing lower overall costs. CIPP lining can restore your plumbing pipes without tearing up floors, ceilings, and drywall.

Before you hire a pipe assessment for a pipe lining solution there are a couple facts you will need to present to your board members so that they approve the pipe lining assessment.

  1. Know the pros and cons of both traditional pipe replacement and CIPP lining.
  2. Know your building’s pipes: What type of pipes are in your building and the age of the pipes.
  3. Ask for an estimate for the pipe assessment: Before the assessment is done know how many roof drains your building has, the number of drains you would like to inspect, the building’s square footage, and the number of vent and drain risers. This kind of information will help the pipe assessment company you hire determine an estimate for assessing your building’s pipes.

In some cases, CIPP lining all your pipes at the same time can be a large financial undertaking that’s why phasing the lining process can be extremely important. Depending on the condition of each pipe the overall project can be phased over a period of months or even years. During the original assessment, those problem pipes that need to be lined sooner than later can be repaired while other less severe pipes can be scheduled for a later time. Creating a phased pipe restoration plan can minimize the impact of repairing your failing pipes on your bottom line.

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