If you live in a newer home, you may find yourself calling one of our plumbers for repairs once or twice over the course of a decade. However, if you have an older home, then there is a good chance that your plumbing system will soon age to the extent that repiping is going to be a far more economical choice than making another repair.
Whole-house repiping is the best way to resolve continual plumbing problems in your home, and to protect your household from leaks and water damage. Repiping is usually a last resort when it comes to fixing plumbing problems, but sometimes it’s just necessary. What are the threats that lead to this service?
Please allow us to specify—up until the 60’s, plumbers were still using galvanized steel for pipe installations. This is a long-lasting type of plumbing, but long-lasting in this case means about 40-50 years. So, if your home still has these types of pipes, you’re almost 20 years overdue for a replacement.
Plumbing pipes and fixtures installed in homes today are composed of copper or plastic. These materials are longer lasting, and do not experience the corrosion problems that older, galvanized steel pipes do. These problems can include the development of rust, corrosion, and the absorption of contaminants such as lead. So not only are you threatening the integrity of your pipes, but you’re threatening your health and the health of your family.
Store-Bought Chemical Drain Cleaners
When you have a drain clog, do you reach for that bottle of store-bought cleaner? Many homeowners do, but most don’t realize why exactly these are (sometimes) effective. It’s because they’re caustic. They eat through clogs.
Guess what else they eat through? Your pipes!
Store-bought drain cleaners are not an effective means to relieve and prevent clogs because they could end up costing you more by way of plumbing repairs and replacement. Our professional plumbers make use of more effective and less damaging drain cleaning methods such as drain snaking and hydro-jetting.
Do you have hard water? This is water that contains a high presence of the minerals calcium, magnesium, and sometimes iron. These minerals are harmless to ingest, which is probably why you don’t hear a lot about them. But just because they’re not unhealthy to you doesn’t mean they aren’t unhealthy for your pipes.
In fact, they build up and harden, causing damage to your pipes and leaving them susceptible to leaks. If you’ve ever noticed white or yellow-green buildup around the fixtures of your home—like faucets and showerheads—then you are almost certainly dealing with hard water in your plumbing.
If it gets bad enough, your pipes can certainly break down to the point that patching up leaks will prove fruitless. You’ll need repiping. But the good news here is that you can prevent the effects of hard water, with the installation of a whole-home water softener.