Description: The Webster House residential project was experiencing widespread pinhole leaks in its copper water supply system. ACE DuraFlo ® was utilized to restore the system.

THE PROBLEM:
Built in the late 1960’s, this 200 unit Webster House residential project was experiencing pinhole leaks in its copper water supply system. Upon investigation, it was found that the failure of the copper piping systems was widespread thought the project. The failure was affecting both hot and cold water lines. No single area of piping was immune to the effects of the pin holing. While questions remain as to the cause of such a widespread failure of a copper piping system the managers and owners were coming to the conclusion that they may have to face a complete re-pipe of the building. Conventional re-piping meant long timelines for residents to be without water and massive destruction to replace the piping system making the total cost of a re-pipe very expensive. Determined, the board remained focused on finding a solution that would be cost-effective, less disruptive and a long-term solution.

In discussions with officials at the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) in DC, it was commented that a process of in-place pipe restoration developed by ACE DuraFlo ® Systems may provide some answers to the board’s dilemma.

THE SOLUTION:
ACE DuraFlo® approaches the solution to corrosion of piping systems by applying their proprietary NSF approved epoxy lining material on the inside of the pipe. In effect creating an epoxy barrier coating to protect the inside of the pipe from further deterioration. Creating a new pipe epoxy lined pipe within an old pipe, right within the building’s walls.

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