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Case Study: The Financial Benefits of Boiler Conversions

Northwest Park, an 876-unit apartment community in the Mid-Atlantic region, was suffering from severe leaks in the potable water piping system. The owner had concluded that the system required replacement and was searching for the most cost-effective solution. SageWater was asked to offer suggestions on how best to proceed....

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The Double Threat of Polybutylene

The longer polybutylene is in use, the greater the risk of serious complications and catastrophic failure.  Between 1978 and 1995, this gray plastic resin (also known as “poly” or “poly-b” for short) was used in the manufacture of pipes and fittings that were installed in close to 10 million...

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Six Signs You Have Potential Pipe Problems

You know the saying “out of sight, out of mind”?  Unfortunately, it often rings true for many properties when it comes to their plumbing systems.  Since most of your piping is hidden behind walls, it’s all too easy to disregard the warning signs and symptoms of an impending problem...

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Assess Your Pipes – Before Catastrophe Strikes

Leaking pipes can be one of the more expensive and devastating challenges a property can experience. Issues lurking behind closed walls can cause significant damage to a building’s structure and resident’s belongings. Checking on the condition of your piping systems will help catch any potential problems before they become...

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Repipe Regret: Why Waiting Doesn’t Pay

When plumbing systems start to fail, boards at AOAOs are faced with some difficult decisions. As pipe replacement is not typically considered (or budgeted for appropriately) as part of a reserve study, Hawaii’s condominiums are often confronted with tough financial considerations when faced with the prospect of a repipe....

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Age Doesn’t Matter

When it comes to plumbing problems, age doesn’t always matter: While buildings that suffer from leaks are typically associated with age-related or defective product issues, newly built apartments and condominiums can also be plagued with pipe problems including leaks, drain back-ups and poor water pressure. If a newer community...

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7 Steps to Prep Your Property’s Cooling Systems for Summer

As the official start of summer nears, now is a perfect time to ensure your fan and chilled water systems are functioning properly. Here are 7 simple actions you can take to help keep your systems operating at peak efficiency and prevent costly surprises: 1. Check that your pipe...

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Six Signs Your Property May Have Leaks and Mold

Leaking pipes, no matter how big or small, can cause a multitude of problems, including the development of mildew and mold from water damage. Repeated and undetected leaks are a primary cause of moisture build up behind walls, ceilings, and even flooring, leading to product deterioration and mold infestation....

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Five Benefits of Hiring a Repipe Specialist

A pipe replacement (or repipe) project can feel like an enormous undertaking, both in planning and execution. When soliciting bids for a job, it’s a common practice to get proposals from multiple contractors including general contractors, local plumbers and specialists in pipe replacement.  As part of that process, picking...

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