Grocery Store: Grease Drain Line Rehabilitation
Location: Tampa, Florida
After this food store managing company experienced a messy and costly repipe for a tenant, it looked for nondestructive options to rehabilitate another tenant’s failing drain lines. These grease lines, located under concrete slab in the grocery store’s deli, had completely eroded bottoms.
The customer knew how inconvenient and messy a repipe is, so they were relieved when they learned about NuFlow’s in-place pipe lining technology. NuDrain was installed at night so that there was no interruption with business operations. This new pipe-within-a-pipe will prevent future failures.
After this customer recently experienced a messy and costly repipe, it looked for non-destructive options to rehabilitate its tenant’s failing drain lines and carefully chose NuFlow. Our flexible scheduling permitted technicians to line pipes while this grocery store was closed at night. NuFlow’s unique, in-place structural liner was installed without causing any damage to the building, landscape or hardscape.
Project: Use NuDrain to rehabilitate a failing grease drain line in a busy supermarket.
Customer: B&B Corporate Holdings owns and manages 20 Handy Food Stores, all of which are located in Florida, as well as manages approximately one million square feet of retail shopping space.
Site: A major grocery store that has been at its Tampa, Florida, location since 2006. The building was built in 1958.
System: Cast iron grease drain lines with diameters of 3″ and 4″. These pipes are more than 50 years old and are located beneath the slab and tile floors near the grocery store’s deli.
Problem: Upon inspection of the grease drain line, the bottom of the pipe line had eroded. These pipes are in use 15 hours every day so the customer needed the pipes to be rehabilitated without any disruption to normal operations.
Circumvention: The customer had a recent experience with a repipe for another tenant’s failing pipeline in another building and opted to find a non-destructive rehabilitation solution instead. But if the customer had chosen a traditional repipe to replace the eroded drain line, this grocery store would have had to close for several weeks while the pipes were dug out of the ground, replaced, and then the surrounding area rebuilt. It would have been a monstrous project with a lot of costs for construction and business closure that the customer did not want its tenant to endure.
Solution: Skilled NuFlow drain technicians worked at night while the supermarket was closed to ensure uninterrupted business operations. The NuDrain system was installed using our Pull-in-Place structural liner. This epoxy-drenched liner was pulled into place using existing access points, which prevented the need for any destruction. Once the liner cured, a protective and seamless pipe-within-a-pipe was left in the host pipe system. This epoxy liner covers all breaches in pipe and will prevent erosion in the future. NuFlow’s innovative and non-destructive pipe lining technologies make pipe system rehabilitation easy on the customer. These unique and patented processes preserve our customers’ properties, as well as save them money, hassle, and time.
“NuFlow’s crew worked overnight while the store was closed and repaired the line section by section, allowing continued, uninterrupted operations for our tenant during their normal operating hours. They completed the work ahead of schedule and on budget, and saved us a tremendous headache and cost versus an open-cut approach. I can recommend them highly and know this will not be the last project they tackle for B&B.”
— Charlie Martin, Director of Construction and Facilities, B&B Corporate Holdings, Inc.