Your piping is one of the most important systems in your property, but unfortunately most of it is hidden from view, allowing for some issues to go unnoticed for an extended period of time. Failing pipes can cause a number of problems in and around a home or building. It is important to be aware of the telltale signs that will indicate a problematic line, which is why the knowledgeable plumbing technicians at Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC take the time to notify our customers on some things to look out for when it comes to a failing system. We want to make sure that all of the residents of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities are safe from the destructive consequences of damaged pipes and if any issues do arise, our caring staff is here to provide prompt and effective service.
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What are some common signs that you need repiping services?
- Water color: If your water is tinted red when first turning on a spigot this is a sign of corroded pipes. In this case it is likely that your entire system will need to be replaced.
- Water pressure: Does your washing machine take a long time to fill up? Maybe a showerhead in one of the bathrooms has slowed to a trickle? Both are signs of possible sediment buildup in pipes, which is restricting your water flow. Tree roots that have broken into your system in search of an available water supply could also be constricting pressure. Each is a sign that repiping services are needed.
- Age: The original piping in older homes and commercial properties will begin to break down after 15-20 years. It’s simply old age. Galvanized steel pipes, for example, will crumble or collapse over time.
- Leaks: Many people fail to realize that repairing a leak in a section of pipe or a joint will only postpone a more serious problem. Our knowledgeable technicians are available anytime for an evaluation.
Why do galvanized steel pipes need to be replaced?
Most galvanized pipes in homes and buildings that are more than 20 years old should be replaced, mainly because simple wear and tear causes them to fail. Galvanized pipe corrodes over time. The corrosion creates small holes that will diminish water pressure. Sediment buildup on the inside of galvanized piping will also begin to impede water flow over time. Long-term corrosion of galvanized pipe joints will eventually cause them to leak, if not attended to in a timely fashion this could lead to a number of more serious plumbing emergencies.
Why do polybutylene pipes need to be replaced?
If your residential or commercial property has polybutylene piping it should be replaced right away. The piping is white or gray, and was used as a discount alternative to copper in many properties in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Studies later showed that polybutylene deteriorates when interacting with certain chemicals in drinking water, one being chlorine. The chemical causes the polybutylene to flake, weaken, and fall apart. We recommend replacing polybutylene systems as soon as possible. A surprise system failure could cause serious property damage. In most cases our plumbing specialists recommend repiping your property with copper or PEX.
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What are some benefits of copper and PEX piping?
Here are 3 great advantages that come from repiping your property with copper:
- Lifespan: Copper can have a lifespan of up to 75 years.
- Durability: Copper is excellent in holding up to drastic temperature changes such as freezing weather.
- Warranty: Copper piping normally comes with a 50-year manufacturers warranty.
PEX piping offers some wonderful benefits as well, some of which include:
- Cost: PEX piping is very reasonable; it is actually about one-third the cost of copper.
- Speed: PEX is very flexible, which allows for a faster installation. Also, it will minimize excavation to your property, as less access points will need to be dug in order to put it in.
- Durability: It is impossible for water, acid, or chemicals to corrode PEX piping. Colder weather can be highly destructive to certain types of pipes, as water in the pipes will freeze putting intense pressure on the system. PEX pipes can expand up to three times their normal size.