Colorado Repipe Services
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SageWater has a history of providing simply smarter repipe solutions nationwide. The state of Colorado has always been a part of our success within the Rocky Mountain, Southwest, and Western regions. In many ways, Colorado’s diverse geography mirrors its unique inventory of apartment and condominium communities. There are dense concentrations of mid-rise and high-rise multifamily communities in the Denver area. There are growing populations of low-rise and garden style communities to the north in Fort Collins and to the south in Colorado Springs.
Residential multi-family communities have a long-standing history in The Centennial State. One of the oldest apartment communities was originally built in 1867 in Boulder, Colorado, just 6 years after the Territory of Colorado was organized, and 9 years prior to joining the Union as the 38th state. That historic apartment community, which still stands today, contains only two homes. By comparison, some of the largest modern-day apartment and condominium communities within the state contain 1,500 to 3,000 individual units.
For Colorado multifamily and condominium communities, there are two distinct property groups that are experiencing increasing problems with leaks: aging properties more than 30 years old, and properties suffering from problematic piping materials.
The first and largest group, which represents 77% of Colorado’s total inventory of apartments and condos, are properties that are 30 years old or older. These properties are often badly in need of a repipe. Owners and managers need to understand the various piping systems that are used in their properties.
CUSTOMIZED COMMUNICATIONS PLAN
From the first town hall meeting to the last drop of paint, SageWater’s dedicated on-site project managers work with residents and staff to ensure that expectations are set and met.
Our paper notices and color-coded floorplans let each resident know where we will be working in their home and when we will be done with each step of the renovation project.
DEDICATED PROJECT WEBSITE
For larger projects, we provide a dedicated website to serve as an information hub, giving residents 24/7 access to information about upcoming renovations.
DIRECT ACCESS WITH PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Throughout the pipe replacement process, residents can communicate directly with SageWater’s on-site project management, limiting extra phone calls to your building staff.
As identified by a variety of industry experts including FannieMae and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), these older properties possess an elevated and unique risk of piping failures across all systems. These systems, and their expected useful lives according to Estimated Useful Life (EUL) reports by Fannie Mae & HUD, include:
- Domestic Water Piping (Supply Pipes) – 30-50 years*
- Hydronic Heating and Cooling Piping (HVAC Piping) – 30 years
- Hydronic Fan Coil Units (HVAC System) – 30 years
- Boilers and Chillers – 15-30 years
- Drain Waste and Vent Piping (DWV – Sewer) – 50 years
* In certain markets, factors such as water quality play a significant role in reducing the overall useful life of all piping systems.
We have seen some copper piping systems leak after just 10 years of service as a result of highly corrosive and extremely hard or soft water.
The second property group includes multifamily communities originally constructed with defective, faulty, and known problematic piping materials. Common defective and known problematic piping materials in Colorado include:
Polybutylene Pipe & Fittings (quest or qest piping)
This defective water supply piping, which was manufactured between 1979 and 1995, is installed in as many as 10 million properties nationwide. It has a track record of failure nationwide and in Colorado, and has been the subject of numerous large class action lawsuits.
ABS Drain Pipes
ABS drain waste and venting pipes made by certain manufacturers from 1984 to 1990 have been known to fail prematurely by way of cracking circumferentially at glued joints, resulting in premature leaks and subsequent damage.
Galvanized Pipe & Fittings
This problematic water supply piping is known for expedited corrosion and failure. Galvanized piping is still marketed and sold in the US, but because of its known complications, most multifamily developers shy away from using the material. Multifamily investors and condo buyers are also cautious about purchasing property containing galvanized piping.
With over 35 million feet of aged and defective pipe replaced throughout the nation and in Colorado, there simply is no other pipe replacement contractor better suited to solve your pipe replacement needs. With our process, residents never have to move out during a renovation, water is guaranteed to be restored at the end of each workday, and all interior surfaces (drywall, tile, paint, etc.) are expertly restored back to the original condition immediately after the new pipes are installed.
Leaks have a sneaky way of starting off with a small drip before building slowly into a catastrophic failure. Don’t get caught off guard with expensive flood remediation, insurance claims, damages, and disgruntled residents. Being proactive is the only way to avoid a costly catastrophe.
That’s why SageWater offers a free consultation for any Colorado pipe replacement project you may be considering. Call today and speak with one of our experts to better understand your options. No matter your building’s pipe problems, we can help…but only if you get in touch.
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