Are you experiencing leaks, low water pressure, or rusty water?
Fix those issues by replacing galvanized or lead, or corroded piping in your home
If your home was built more than 20 years ago, you could have corroded or blocked or leaky pipes and valves that could cause increasingly costly problems for you as time goes on. Galvanized metal pipes deteriorate quickly and could fail and cost you thousands in water damage. New codes and practices such as using ball valves instead of the old-style gate valves work much better in protecting your home. And if you think you may even have lead pipes, have a licensed plumber come out and verify if you do have them.
Issues that lead to pipes needing to be replaced
If you notice a leak, it’s obvious that pipe or valve needs to be replaced immediately. There are other factors that may indicate your plumbing system may need to have the pipes replaced.
Galvanized or Lead Pipes – Find out what your pipes are made of. Even copper pipes can be low quality. The point is, all things have a life span and your pipes could be reaching the end of theirs. Since they don’t come with warning signs, it’s best to have them checked out periodically to avoid series water damage in the future.
Corrosion or Leaks – Did you know that galvanized pipe and copper mixed together will corrode quickly? Leaks can also show up even in old-style gate valves from the corrosion of unlike metals.
Low Water Pressure or Rust Colored Water – If you’ve replaced that shower head and it still takes you a long time to rinse off, the corrosion in your pipes could be so bad that water can’t flow freely through them. And, rust-colored or yellow water is another sign that a pipe or valve is failing somewhere within the system.
Benefits of Pipe Replacement
A home repipe is a permanent fix that saves you money in the long run. Making sure your plumbing system has the right type of pipe and valves ensures a stable and consistent water supply for the life of your home. Because there are several different piping material options available today, hiring a specialist to handle repiping your home is the best course of action. Each offers its own unique set of benefits, and each serves a different purpose.
- Copper pipes are strong, corrosion-resistant, and non-toxic. It’s also used for air conditioning, fire sprinklers, and medical gas delivery systems.
- PVC pipes are ideal for many plumbing and drainage uses, like sump pumps.
- PEX offers an additional advantage over rigid piping. PEXs flexibility allows for slight expansion in freezing conditions. The greater flexibility simply means it may be less likely to burst as a result of freezing.
We also service cast iron pipes, and the vast majority of other common piping materials used in homes. Some are extremely durable, while some are budget-friendly. Hiring an expert gives you the opportunity to learn more about your options, choosing the one that’s right for your goals.
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For more information about repiping your home or business, call 773-219-1200 or send us an email.