Project Type: Commercial — Medical Facility – Pipe Restoration

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Description: The Desert Regional Medical Center experienced pipe corrosion in the piping system in the facilities chilled water and heating system. Given the need to have little or no patient or operational disruption, the traditional repipe option was ruled out by the facilities engineers. The Desert Regional Medical Center piping system was isolated and conventional repairs carried out and then the piping system was restored in-place using the ACE DuraFlo® system of in-place pipe restoration.

THE PROBLEM:

The Desert Regional Medical Center is a 388-bed full-service, acute care facility. The main facility was built in 1951 and has undergone extensive modernization.

The problem they experienced was related to pipe corrosion in the piping system in the facilities chilled water and heating system. The two pipe heating- cooling system was made of Schedule 40 black steel main lines with soft copper branch lines. Pipe diameters ranged from a half-inch to 2Â1?2 inches. In addition to the main line being encrusted, the soft copper branch lines had developed pinhole leaks. Strainers at the heating units had been installed previously to try and strain out the rust particles from the main line but now the debris was constantly plugging them up. Given the need to have little or no patient or operational disruption, the traditional re-pipe option was ruled out by the facilities engineers.

THE SOLUTION:

ACE DuraFlo in-place pipe restoration. The Desert Regional Medical Center piping system was isolated and conventional repairs carried out and then the piping system was restored in-place using the ACE DuraFlo® system of in-place pipe restoration. By restoring the piping system in-place the facility was able to remain in full operation.

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