Our Re-Piping Process
Re-piping a building is an important and seemingly daunting task that is best handled by experienced plumbing and mechanical systems contractors.
At BMS Plumbing & Mechanical, we have been re-piping residential, commercial, and institutional buildings since 1986.
In these past 30+ years, we have developed our own systematic re-piping process:
1. Re-Piping Consultation
Whether you are re-piping a multi-family residential building, a commercial building, or an institution, we first meet with you to diagnose your building’s plumbing problems.
2. Piping System Plan Design
The first step in a re-piping project is for our engineers to design a new, quiet, and efficient water pipe system for your building. We choose only high-quality certified plumbing materials, such as Uponor PEX-A, stainless steel, or copper pipes as part of the piping design.
3. Plumbing & Building Permit
We obtain a plumbing and building permit from the municipality.
4. Stakeholder Information Night
We hold an informational evening for the strata members, building managers, and residents. Everyone will be briefed on the project, introduced to our staff, and have the opportunity to ask questions. Residents will be informed of the procedures before any work takes place.
5. Notice of Entry
All residents will be given Notice of Entry into their suite in advance, along with a detailed summary of the work to be performed. We communicate regularly and provide progress reports to keep all residents clearly informed throughout the duration of the project.
6. Re-pipe Building
Once we begin re-piping, we typically start in the common areas before moving to individual units, offices, or rooms. Our team cuts drywall, removes old pipes, installs new pipes, then refinishes all walls to their original state. We always aim to minimize the number of water shut-offs, and give residents and tenants ample notice prior to each shut-off. Although water may be turned off at a scheduled point during the day, we always ensure water is fully turned back on at the end of each day.
7. Complete Tenant Improvements & Building Upgrades
If you wish to perform building upgrades and tenant improvements – such as drain upgrades and hallway upgrades – doing so during re-piping projects would be sensible and efficient, as we are already in each unit, with drywall and plumbing professionals present.
8. Full System Testing
We conduct full testing of the new piping system.
9. Inspection Report
Upon completion of the re-piping project, we provide a copy of the following documents to the building owner and management:
-As-built drawings showing the location of all newly-installed pipes and valves
-All inspection reports from the municipal inspectors, and
-A full briefing on the operation of the new piping system.
We are proud of our unique process and for being the most experienced re-piping company in Vancouver.
For more information about the re-piping process, contact us at 604-253-9330. To find out why re-piping is necessary, see Causes of Pipe Failure.