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How to Know When a Pipe Should Be Lined or Replaced in Your Commercial Plumbing System


When it comes to the plumbing in your commercial facility, you’ll sometimes have to face the question of what to do about deteriorating pipes. There are two basic options: have the pipe completely replaced or arrange for pipe lining to repair the pipe from the inside. 

Pipe lining technology has advanced significantly, making it an option in more situations than before. But sometimes it’s better to have a replacement. Making the right decision about “repair vs. replace” can save you plenty of time and money in the long run—both valuable commodities for your business.

At Althoff, we understand the importance of this decision, and we offer both pipe lining and pipe replacement in Elgin, IL and throughout Chicagoland. Below we’ll look at several of the factors that will affect whether you need us to reline your aging pipes or replace them.

1. Pipe Condition

First, assess the condition of your pipes and how badly they’ve deteriorated. Age plays an important role in this, and different pipe materials corrode and age at different rates. (For example, copper corrodes slower than steel, but the presence of chemicals in the water may speed this up.) We’ll help you with this evaluation to decide if it’s better to put in a new pipe or reline it. 

2. Cost Considerations

Cost is always a consideration when it comes to your business. Replacing a pipe is usually the more expensive of the two jobs, but you need to consider the difference between immediate costs and long-term costs. Pipe lining may sound more attractive because of the lower price, but it may not offer a long enough solution compared to a replacement. Our team will help you balance cost considerations so you can make an informed decision.

3. Preserving Infrastructure

One of the big benefits of pipe lining technology is that it approaches the pipe from the sides and doesn’t require accessing it directly. I.e. you don’t need to have part of the infrastructure of your facility moved and parts broken apart so our plumbers can reach the affected pipe. If pipe replacement would be too disruptive to your business, requiring some level of downtime and interruptions to operations, then going with a minimally invasive procedure like pipe lining may be the better choice.

4. Aesthetics and Property Preservation

Does your business have high-end finishes, like beautiful imported Italian marble or tiles from Morocco? Then you definitely don’t want to have those torn up in order to reach a damaged pipe for replacement. This is another situation where pipe lining is immensely helpful: it won’t bother any of the valuable aesthetics of your property and it will keep everything looking beautiful.

5. Environmental Impact

Finally, you’ll want to think about the environmental impact of “replace vs. reline.” If your business is focused on sustainability, disposal of old pipes might not fit with your goals. Pipe lining is generally a more eco-friendly option because our team will rehabilitate your existing pipes without having to replace them.

No matter if you decide on pipe replacement or relining, we’ll do a thorough job that will ensure you have the working plumbing system your business needs to thrive. 

Contact Althoff Industries, Inc. today. Challenges Accepted!

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