High Rise apartment buildings or condominiums present problems for sewage management. After about thirty years after installation, the original vertical pipes will begin to crack and leak. The damage results in damp walls, mildew, mold, and mildew smell that will permeate the building.
The pipes installed during construction of high rises in the 1980’s were all made of metal and therefore vulnerable to rust and corrosion. Eventually, they begin to crack and leak.
Most apartment owners will take matters into their own hands and have the problem repaired by breaking down the affected wall and having new pipes fitted, rebuilt, and repainted. This is an expensive and messy operation and only solves the local problem. It does not address the systemic problems of the entire building.
This scenario can be avoided through fast, strategic action. The most efficient solution is “cured-in-place pipe” lining (or CIPP), which is cleaner and more cost-effective than competing methods.