A little information about why you may need a copper re-pipe...
Types of Plumbing Lines
Most homes are constructed with two types of plumbing lines in them. The first type of line, drain lines are the ones most likely to cause problems in the future. The second type, water lines are usually not as problematic, but will have their own issues down the road. When you look at replacing copper and galvanized steel pipes, it is a good idea to understand the reasoning behind it. Most homes today have copper plumbing being used for the house water lines, primarily because they do not corrode as rapidly as iron, steel, or galvanized steel pipes.
Unfortunately, older homes will have been constructed with iron or galvanized pipes, and should be replaced with copper piping as soon as possible. The first sign that usually crops up is that the drains begin to clog easily, and are not easy to clear when they do. This is because iron and steel corrode easily, and will build up mineral residue inside them as they break down. You will know that the water pipes have been affected when you begin to lose pressure, and the water tastes odd.
The Ravages of Age
For some, even the constant clogging and loss of water pressure is not enough incentive to even begin thinking about having copper re-piping done. It may seem to be an unnecessary expense, or along the lines of "if it isn't broke, why fix it?" thinking, something that most people will blame on outside agencies rather than their own plumbing first. There are times that the source of water to the home may experience low pressure, usually during drought conditions, but such effects are very temporary, and never constant.
Over time, if left alone, the signs of aging iron and galvanized pipes will steadily grow worse. Soon, you will begin to find moist or damp spots within the structure of your home, on concrete floors, in the drywall, and especially within any wooden walls or floors. The water coming out of the pipes will continue to darken, becoming discolored as the minerals build up and the metal continues to rust. The end result of this will be foul smelling water that no one wants to drink, cook with or bathe in. Finally, the corrosion will build to a point where pipes will begin to leak, break and burst. The cost of re-piping just got elevated higher than it would have been previously.
The Easy Solution
Refitting the corroded piping with copper is the easiest solution, and will restore your home's plumbing quickly into functioning as it should be. Copper does not rust or corrode as easily as iron or steel, and any qualified plumbing contractor will be able to tell you how much you will need to correct any current issues, and how much it will cost to do so. Most iron piping only has a lifespan of thirty years, from installation, and steel only around forty years. Copper has a far longer lifespan, and will last nearly forever, barring accidents.
Immediate benefits of replacing copper and galvanized steel piping will be evident in the restoration of proper water pressure, better tasting water, and less clogs popping up in the drainage pipes. Over time, you will also see a reduction in your monthly water costs, as you will see no more leaking pipes, backed up drains or seepage under the foundation of the home. Want to save money on water? Replace as much of your plumbing as you can with copper piping.
Replacing copper and galvanized steel plumbing pays for itself over time. Why waste money now, or in the future by delaying, Call Willy's Plumbing INC. today. Our plumbers are happy to give you an estimate to replace, or re-pipe.
Willy's Plumbing specializes in re-pipes and repairs. Whether it's a simple repair, or a large re-pipe. Willy's Plumbing, Inc. has got very competitive prices. It never hurts to compare prices! In the long run it will save you money for repetitive costly repairs and maintenance. Call us today for a estimate.