Local Hotel Project Recap

Jordan & Sons Plumbing & Electrical, along with our constant push for customer engagement and awareness, is starting a new series of blogs. From now on, once a month, our company will release a case-study on one of our projects. We feel that this is a terrific way for customers to not only see what we’ve been working on, but to understand the logic behind our decision making process. And so, without further ado, enter the highlighted project of the month.

A local hotel in Florence, South Carolina contacted us on July 13, 2013. The hotel manager knew something was wrong because his water bill was in the ballpark of $6,000 per month. After hearing this customer’s dilemma, we sent a service team to his property for inspection. When we first arrived on scene, we immediately began our evaluation. We started things off with a complete property walk-through to check for anything obvious. As expected, nothing stood out (better safe than sorry). Once we covered the basics, our team decided to brainstorm different possibilities. We knew that given the price of his water bill there was most likely a leak in the main water line, and, like surgeons in the O.R., we would need to expose the problem area. Before we could be certain, however, we needed to 1) analyze data from the water meter and 2) map the water line path throughout the property to delineate a plan of action.

After our completion of these steps, we decided that the hotel’s troubles were stemming from a leaky underground pipe. The problem, however, was that there was no way of knowing exactly where the leak was until we inspected further. We discussed these issues with the hotel manager and explained the probable scope of the project. He agreed to our projections and plan of action, so our next step was to use an underground listening device (and other leak detection equipment) to try and pinpoint the leak before we began digging up asphalt. Once we detected the most probable areas of the leak, we installed isolation valves throughout the property. We did this because even with the leak detection equipment, we could not know for sure the exact location of the leak. With the isolation valves in place, we were able to test large sections of the main water line to determine the severity of the leak and its location.

After we pinpointed the leak’s location, we saw-cut and removed the surrounding asphalt. In addition to this, we used various excavation equipment to gain access to the water line. Upon accessing the water line, we installed commercial-grade shut-off valves and made the necessary repairs to multiple breaks in the water line. We then tested the system, compacted the earth back into place, covered the area, and prepared the parking lot for asphalt repairs. All in all, it was a job well done. The conclusion? Our hotel manager anticipates a $3500 reduction in his monthly water bill; which, not only saves him money, but protects our world’s most precious resource.

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