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.
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.
1st Choice Plumbing serves the Rock Hill and Lancaster areas, including Tega Cay, Fort Mill, Clover, and Indian Land. Call us first for 24-hour plumbing repairs or for an estimate.
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