Commercial Plumbing for Food Industry

Plumbing Remodel – Ole Piper Inn

Plumbing Remodel Post Fire – Ole Piper Inn

Tips from ‘This Old House‘ – The Remodeling Plumber

Commercial Plumbing Remodel
Commercial Plumbing Remodel

For non-emergency projects a remodel or remedial work on your plumbing you need a pro who understands residential-system design and knows the code in your area. He also has to be able to work in a finished environment. That means putting down a piece of scrap carpeting to protect floors and cutting precise, easy-to-repair holes in walls, and, then, only when necessary.

The best source for this type of plumber is a general contractor. The contractor sees the plumber’s work before it’s covered up; you don’t get that opportunity. In addition, your contractor knows the telltale signs of quality work that you might miss, like clean solder joints, crisp 90-degree angles at joints and clean, properly sized holes in joists, studs, and floors. Finally, a quality contractor will not risk working with a shoddy plumber. A simple error “a joint left unsoldered or a leaky PVC line” can easily devastate $10,000 worth of walls or hardwood floors and complicate the job with insurance claims, lost time, and lawsuits. With so much riding on the plumber, contractors tend to stick with only the best.

As with hiring a plumber for simple repairs, you or your contractor should ask for proof of a license and license number. Also verify that workers’ compensation and liability insurance policies are active.

Ole Piper Inn Bar & Grill Pre Fire Remodel

 

Project Description

Client: Ole Piper Inn
Location: Blaine, MN
Year Completed: 2014
Plumber:  John & Alex

Ole Piper Inn post fire remodel..

New Construction Plumbing Projects

New Housing Plumbing – MS Housing Development

New Housing Plumbing – Mississippi Housing Development

New Housing Plumbing Project
New Housing Plumbing Project

Once, state-of-the-art in plumbing was cast-iron drains and brass supply pipes. Now, those materials have been supplanted (for the most part) by PVC plastic, copper, and flexible cross-linked polyethylene, known as PEX. But whether the pipes are plastic, metal, or a combination of the two, it’s the plumber’s skill that determines how well the system works. A lot is at stake: One leaky joint can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. An undersize, improperly sloped drain will continually clog. And supply pipes that aren’t anchored every 6 feet or so will rattle and thump every time a faucet is turned off.

There’s more to proper plumbing than just following the codes and rules. Planning and installing a system that’s quiet, efficient, and leak free is something of an art. You’ll see it in the way a good plumber arranges pipes and valves for ease of maintenance, avoids wasting material or weakening framing, and takes care to wipe joints clean. “Too bad so much of our good work gets buried,” Richard laments.

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New Construction Plumbing - Housing Development
New Construction Plumbing – Housing Development

 

 

Project Description

Client: Housing Development
Location: Mississippi
Year Completed: 2014
Plumber: Dave & Elliot

Mississippi Housing Development

Ice Arena Commercial Plumbing Project

Ice Arena Plumbing – Forest Lake Ice Arena

Ice Arena Plumbing – Forest Lake Ice Arena

Ice Arena Commercial Plumbing Project
Ice Arena Commercial Plumbing Project

In any climate, an ice arena surface can be installed in a properly built space. This consists of a bed of sand or occasionally a slab of concrete, through (or on top of) which pipes run. The pipes carry a chilled fluid (usually either a salt brine or water with antifreeze, or in the case of smaller rinks, refrigerant) which can lower the temperature of the slab so that water placed atop will freeze. This method is known as ‘artificial ice’ to differentiate from ice rinks made by simply freezing water in a cold climate, indoors or outdoors, although both types are of frozen water. A more proper technical term is ‘mechanically frozen’ ice.

A famous example of this type of rink is the outdoor rink at Rockefeller Center in New York.

Modern rinks have a specific procedure for preparing the surface. With the pipes cold, a thin layer of water is sprayed on the sand or concrete to seal and level it (or in the case of concrete, to keep it from being marked). This thin layer is painted white or pale blue for better contrast; markings necessary for hockey or curling are also placed, along with logos or other decorations. Another thin layer of water is sprayed on top of this. The ice is built up to a thickness of 2-3 centimeters (around one inch) by repeated flows of water onto the surface

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Forest Lake Ice Arena Plumbing Remodel

 

Project Description

Client: Forest Lake Ice Arena
Location: Forest Lake, MN
Year Completed: 2012
Plumber: Dave & Luke

Credit Union Commercial Plumbing Project

Ground Up Plumbing – Anoka Hennepin Credit Union

Ground Up Plumbing – St Francis Anoka Hennepin Credit Union.

Ground Up Plumbing Services
Ground Up Plumbing Services

If you’ve ever taken a shower and heard a toilet flush, you begin to understand that water system design is tricky. Do you know what happened when you got scalded in the shower? The toilet flush demanded a water flow of cold water only (unless you flush your toilet with hot water) which dropped the pressure in the cold water part of the water distribution system. As the pressure drops, the flow drops. On the hot water side, though, no flush, no pressure drop, no change in flow. So in the shower you get the same amount of hot water and less cold water…and that’s not good.

A well designed water system reduces this effect. When the pipes are sized correctly for the likely flows, the pressure drops of another use has a smaller effect. Of course, most plumbing Codes further protect the person in the shower by now requiring a temperature actuated mixing valve at the shower that prevents scalding.

Water system design, then, must account for water flows (in gallons per minute), pressure drop from friction in pipes and from elevation changes (in psi) and water velocity (in feet per minute). These varying factors, along with never knowing which combination of plumbing fixtures will require water at the same time makes the water system design complicated.

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New Construction of the St Francis Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
New Construction of the St Francis Anoka Hennepin Credit Union

Project Description

Client: Anoka Hennepin Credit Union
Location: St. Francis, MN
Year Completed: 2014
Plumber: Dave & Elliot

New Construction of the St Francis Anoka Hennepin Credit Union.