Apartment Complex’s Plumbing-System Replacement Proves Challenging

The building owners had three goals: minimize disruption to tenants, keep costs under control, and prevent the new piping from being stolen.

At Fairway Apartments, a 45-year-old, 172-unit government-subsidized complex in Austin, Texas, plumbing issues, such as leaks, pressure drop, and insulation problems, were a daily occurrence, so much so the building owners employed a full-time technician whose job was to do patchwork repair. Additionally, anything with scrap value—from copper piping to full-size water heaters—was being stolen during the night. When the building owners decided to replace the plumbing system, they had three goals: (1) minimize disruption to tenants, many of whom were elderly or infirm, (2) keep costs under control, and (3) prevent the new piping from being stolen.

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