Flöjelbergsgatan 20B 431 37 Mölndal, Sweden
Preventing water damages in a luxury 30-story apartment complex
Water leaked through a brand new vertical stack for balcony drains into the luxury apartments every time it rained. As the temperature dropped, the pipes shrank, resulting in leaking pipes on all floors and causing severe water damage in the newly built 30-story apartment complex, as well as the occupants’ belongings.
Pipe Lining Company, a previous customer of Repiper, immediately understood the sensitivity of the project and reached out to us. We have done a lot of projects together with Pipe Lining Company over the years; they are in fact the first customer to ever buy a connection lining system from Repiper in the US, and remains a valuable customer today. However, this case may be the most prestigious one we have ever done.
While it may be the most prestigious project we have ever done, it was also one of the most complex, for several reasons:
- First, it was very time sensitive. The entire 30 floors – a total of 90 meters of pipe, with one connection on each level – had to be relined as quickly as possible as any rain could cause additional water damages.
- Secondly, it was PVC pipes, meaning it is extra difficult to create an effective seal. Relining by traditional methods is a big risk as it increases the risk of water getting in between the new liner and the host pipe. Repiper Step by Step was the only solution.
- Thirdly, there were people still living in the apartments. This not only limited the access to the pipe system, but also meant the relining had to be performed in a timely manner to minimize the disturbance to the homeowners.
A completely seamless system is necessary to ensure proper adherence for plastic pipes. And the only solution that could provide that in a timely manner was the Repiper Step by Step system. In the end, the life expectancy of a material means nothing unless the material is installed properly.
Pipe Lining Company was able to reline the entire vertical stack for the 30-story building in a mere two weeks using the Repiper Step by Step system, preventing any additional water damages to the brand new apartments and the inhabitants belongings. The costs of a compromised household and unfinished work were kept to a minimum.
The fact that the residents were also able to stay in their homes during the relining meant the apartment complex owners did not have to reimburse them for staying at a hotel or similar during the relining.
The Repiper system in combination with Pipe Lining Company’s skill ensured the apartment complex owners could save thousands, if not millions, of dollars in water damages. Together we ensured a quick and reliable relining solution for one of the most difficult types of pipes to work with: PVC pipes.