The Problem: The Sheraton hotel in Columbia, MD is made up of three low rise buildings and one high rise building. It is a busy hotel serving one of the most active areas in Maryland. The property was experiencing pinhole leaks throughout its hot water copper piping system. The Sheraton was looking for a cost-effective way to solve the problem of leaky pipes without disturbing room availability with the long construction times, mess and hassle often associated with a repipe.
Built in 1982, the Seattle Sheraton Hotel and Towers is one of the largest and finest hotels in the city featuring 840 guestrooms. After just 18 years of service, Engineering staff had started to face the difficult problem of recurrent pinhole leaks in their copper water system. Cutting, patching and clamping leaks was the only line of defense for Engineering staff to keep the facility running, while owners (including Metropolitan Life and Starwood Hotels and Resorts) evaluated the problem.
A non-destructive Eddy Current Tube analysis was completed on a Dunham-Bush model PCWX- 180 condenser. The report indicated that of the 132 internal tubes, all had ID pitting from the effects of corrosion. Pitting ranged from a minimum 12% loss of the original wall diameter to in excess of 20% with at least 1 tube where the pitting was thru the wall ie: pinhole leaks.
The Problem: Low Flow, Discoloration and Leaks This 12-story, 259-unit Holiday Inn, built in 1972 and located just seconds from SeaTac Airport, had galvanized piping suffering from low water flow, discolored water and occasional leaks; all classic symptoms of an encrusted and failing galvanized system. With high weekday occupancy levels, General Manager Wass Weera concluded that the ancillary costs of a repipe project were prohibitive.
The Salish Lodge & Spa is an exceptional boutique hotel located above Snoqualmie Falls where Seattle’s elite visit to experience fine cuisine, exceptional spa facilities and a truly relaxing hotel stay.
The Problem: By 1999, after more than 70 years of continual service, the historic Pacific Plaza Hotel was rapidly deteriorating with more than 40 of their 160 rooms placed permanently out of service due to severe pipe corrosion and low water flow. The galvanized steel piping was so badly encrusted that in some cases water flow could be counted not by gallons per minute, but by drips.
The Problem: Westin’s La Cantera Resort in San Antonio was built in 1999 and ranked #2 on the “Top 30 Resorts in North America” and is also rated among the “Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler. But somewhere lurking behind all this grandeur was a problem. The problem showed up in a 1¼” copper supply line in the Clubhouse area, as a pinhole leak. A pinhole leak? After just 2 years
Featuring a collection of fabled castles, secluded lodges and modern retreats, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts proudly operates 51 distinctive hotels – some of the world’s most celebrated addresses in 12 countries. As the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in the Pacific Northwest, and crowned “Fairmont Hotel of the Year for 2006,” The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is Seattle’s premier luxury hotel and certainly qualifies as one of the finest hotels anywhere.
Julia Morgan is an American legend in architecture. With a career spanning 50 years and over 700 buildings to her credit including the Hearst Castle and reconstruction of the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, Ms. Morgan’s achievements are revered in American architecture.
Built to rival the most lavish hotels of its day, the 230 room historic Baranof Hotel still serves as a second home to Alaska State legislators and corporate travelers doing business in Juneau.
The Problem: One of the major engineering challenges facing the operators of this world-class facility has been the damage from the effects of corrosion of the buildings piping system. Limited access to the piping system, historical ornate and irreplaceable structures and wall fixtures compounded the problem.
The Problem: This hotel had pinhole leaks in its copper pipe system. Known problems resulting from copper pipe corrosion had been repaired by conventional methods. A complete copper pipe repair and repipe would have involved long downtime, asbestos removal and complete renovation of all bathroom fixtures. Talk about a loss of revenue and a tremendous amount of guest inconvenience. A no-win dilemma.
The Problem: The pipes feeding the Hotel’s Terrace Pool and Spa were leaking, causing massive amounts of water loss. The pipes are encased in structural slabs over the roof of the hotel’s parking structure, so traditional repairs would prove costly, invasive, and extremely inconvenient for the busy hotel.
The Problem: The Courtyard hotel that serves the Miramar & SW Ft. Lauderdale area was suffering from continual leaks in the copper water piping. Replacing all the water piping would mean much destruction to the facilities and disruption to their guests.