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Sarasota Cast Iron Pipe Replacement - A Solution for HOA's!

If you are a Home Owners Association Manager, chances are you have all had that 5am call regarding water pouring through the ceiling from the unit above.

Neighbors are knocking on the door of the resident upstairs and there is no answer. He isn’t answering because he’s in the shower and doesn’t know his shower water is pouring thru three floors. And he can’t hear the neighbor’s urgent knocks on the door, or their phone calls.

By the time the shower is over, three floors of units are wet and need drying out. What happened? One of the cast iron pipes in the bathroom burst and flooded three units below. The resident getting out of the shower is blissfully unaware of the situation, until he checks his messages.

By now the neighbors have all used the emergency number to reach the manager. The manager has dispatched the crew to look at the problem. The building maintenance crew is on their way to the unit or already knocking on the door.

The plumber will be called to make the repair. The resident is instructed not to use the shower until the plumbing problem is fixed. A remediation company will be called to dry out the units below. The insurance company will also need to be involved. Everyone wants to know how soon this situation is going to be fixed.

In addition to the stress, the condo is probably spending funds that weren’t budgeted. Welcome to management by crisis! This is a common situation. Don’t let it be common at your community! Cast iron pipes have a projected life of 25 – 30 years. Plan for replacement.

Being proactive can eliminate a lot of pain for the residents, the manager, and the board. That’s not to say it won't happen again. But having a corrective plan in place is far less costly in terms of stress and dollars than responding to an emergency.

How do you know you have bad pipes? Interior and / or exterior corrosion, rust, cracking, thinning of the pipe, deterioration visible by camera. Leaking, ruptures, frequent clogging, sewer backups, slow drains, foul smells, and pests such as rodents and roaches are also signs that plumbing problems are lurking...

Typically, it is the bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and vent pipes that burst. When you have to open the walls to replace a section of pipe - consider replacing all of the visible cast iron pipes in that section of wall before you close the wall back up. There’s nothing worse than having to come back and replace another pipe in the same wall. This definitely makes for unhappy residents! If the resident is doing a renovation on their unit, require them to have all of the pipes replaced while the walls are open. Which is much less expensive and you’re preventing a later disaster!


Having a strategy to replace your aging cast iron pipes and an annual operating and/or reserve budget for the replacement can ease the pain of going through these types of emergencies. Work with your plumber to come up with a long-term replacement plan.

Sometimes the cast iron pipes are located in an area where it is not advisable to remove the walls, at which point the leaking pipes can be lined to prevent demolition damage to the unit. Your plumber can tell you what the best, most cost-effective solution for your situation is.

Having a reputable plumbing contractor that is on call 24/7 is part of your remediation strategy. Professional Plumbing & Design of Sarasota is well experienced in the replacement of Cast Iron Pipes and will help to put your mind at ease. Call Professional Plumbing & Design and you can count on getting the repair done right: 941-355-5400.

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  • Are family owned and operated since 1985
  • Provide Residential and Commercial Plumbing Service in Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto & Venice Florida since 1985.
  • Can handle any job, large or small & you can count on them to resolve your plumbing emergency, promptly and professionally,
  • Their phones are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
  • Offer clean, fast, same day service plumbing services.
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  • Specialize in a full range of plumbing repairs

We Provide the following Plumbing Services:

  • Drain cleaning by cable, jetting, & milling,
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  • Re-piping / replacement of water and drain lines (cast iron)
  • Handle larger projects like condominiums, restaurants, retail stores and factories.
  • Work closely with local property managers to ensure their unique plumbing needs are met.
  • Each team member is vetted and trained to be highly friendly, professional and timely.
  • All employees are drug tested and certified (background checked annually) for your piece of mind.
  • We do not pay commissions to employees. So, employees have your best interest in mind.
  • Provide a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee! top quality and workmanship standards on every job.
  • Upfront pricing for honesty and transparency.

Between Professional Plumbing & Design, Inc’s services and products, you won’t need anyone else’s help for your plumbing needs! Professional Plumbing is committed to providing the best price, always with the utmost in fairness and honesty - every visit, every call!

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