Do You Need to Repipe Your Home?
Keep Leaks Away With Repiping Services From 1st Choice Plumbing
Like everything else in your home, your plumbing pipes won’t last forever. Sometimes a small leak can be repaired, but sometimes replacing your pipes is a better long-term solution. At 1st Choice Plumbing, our repipe specialists will help you figure out if repiping is the right move for you.
How Can You Tell if Your Pipes Need Replacing?
Only a plumber with experience in repiping can tell you that you need new pipes. However, there are some signs that you may need pipe repair services—or a total pipe replacement. While other things may be to blame, call a plumbing company immediately if you notice any of the following issues.
- Your water is discolored.
- Your water has a funny smell.
- Your water bill is higher than normal.
- You notice a sudden drop in water pressure.
- You’ve had to deal with pipe repairs in the past.
- You have pipes in your home that are known to have issues.
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What Types of Pipes Are Known to Have Problems?
If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t know what type of pipes you have. A plumber from 1st Choice Plumbing can tell you for sure, but in general, there are three main types of pipes that tend to have problems.
If you have an older home, there’s a good chance you have galvanized pipes. And if your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, those pipes are probably nearing the end of their lifespan. As galvanized pipes age, they start to corrode. This corrosion can lead to a buildup of lead, which can have many negative effects on your health. Corroded pipes also lead to poor water quality and low water pressure.
Polybutylene pipes were commonly used between the 1970s and the 1990s. These pipes were found to be prone to bursts and leaks, primarily due to cracks at the joints. The polybutylene was also found to deteriorate when it was exposed to chlorine, a chemical commonly used by municipalities to purify the water supply. (You can see why this would be a problem!) If you have polybutylene pipes, call for an inspection to see if you need to replace them.
Dura PEX Pipes
PEX pipes were thought to be a better alternative to galvanized and polybutylene piping. Unfortunately, one brand is experiencing a lot of problems: Dura PEX. Dura PEX tends to have a lot of oxidization. This causes cracks in the tubing that can lead to leaks. As these leaks occur, zinc is leached from the fittings on the pipes, causing them to deteriorate. Finally, chlorinated water has been found to cause cracks in the clamps on these pipes. Repiping is the best solution to all of these issues.
Do You Have Dura PEX Pipe in Your Home? You May Qualify for a Class Action Settlement
A class action lawsuit was settled in 2018 for Dura PEX pipes. If you experienced damage due to faulty PEX pipes, you may be eligible to file a claim. 1st Choice Plumbing’s repipe specialists can help you identify damage and offer recommendations for replacing the defective materials.
Find Out if Your Pipes Need Replacing
The plumbers at 1st Choice Plumbing can answer all your questions about repiping. Reach out today to talk to our repipe specialists about your options or to get an estimate for pipe repairs and replacement.
1st Choice Plumbing serves Rock Hill and surrounding areas, including Fort Mill, Indian Land, York, Clover, Tega Cay, and Lake Wylie, SC. Call us first for 24-hour plumbing repairs or for an estimate.
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