When you are repiping a home or building, this involves replacing the entire indoor hot and cold water distribution system, including branch lines and main lines. If the plumber does a good job, then he will include all cut-off valves (fixtures and main), and supply tubes. If you are considering a bathroom remodel then this would be a good time to replace old fixtures or valves; they’ll already be disconnected for the repiping job. In some instances, the water main outside that feeds water to your home, may need to be replaced as well.
Since repiping is such an extensive job, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind, to avoid a disastrous repiping situation:
If you want a professional repiping job, that can add value to your home, don’t go with the “bargain” contractors because you will definitely get what you pay for. Skip the mess and the headaches and get it done right the first time.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs in your home, then it may be time for a repiping:
Does your shower water get too hot if someone flushes the toilet? Does it take forever to fill your sink with water? When your water is running, does the volume change when someone else turns on water? Does water trickle out of your faucets?
If this happens, call Inland Empire Plumbing for a free evaluation and estimate. Your poor water pressure could be caused by aging, galvanized steel piping that is rusting closed, restricting water-flow, like a hardened artery restricts the flow of one’s blood.
This could be a result of the same problem mentioned above—galvanized pipes that are rusting away. You should also take note of these side effects of rusting pipes:
If your pipes are exposed around basements, water heaters, or underneath your framed house, this sign can be clearly visible. In most instances though, pipes are buried under concrete slabs, inside of walls, or just underground; this makes it nearly impossible for homeowners to know the condition of their pipes...that is, until a leak has sprung.
Copper tubing is prone to leaking as well, and their leaks will usually begin as a pinhole leak, growing larger until finally noticed, either as above-ground water, by “hearing” the leak, or rising water bills.
If you choose not to repipe this time, remember that it is INEVITABLE, and you should decide whether you want to incur the cost now, or after a considerable amount of damage has been done to your home.
NOTE: It is best to do your research and price-shop when it isn’t an emergency situation.
This is typically only found in older homes, since copper tubing took over in the 1950’s. It is rarely used in indoor piping anymore, due to its inevitable rusting that leads to poor water pressure and water quality; it can still be found sometimes, feeding water to homes through old water mains. If you have copper pipes, but still are experiencing low water pressure, it could be an old water main.
Copper has been the prevalent piping material since the 1950’s when it replaced galvanized steel. It was thought to last as long as the structure it inhabits, but it was found that depending on the acidity and corrosive minerals of the water, the lifespan can vary greatly. Wall-thickness of the tubing can also affect life of the tubing and it comes in 3 different thicknesses:
This is a plastic white pipe that is popularly used outside for irrigation and water mains. It is a durable material that is non-corrosive and inexpensive; it fuses the pipes and fittings together using a special primer and glue. Since it doesn’t corrode from chlorine, it is especially popular for use in swimming pool plumbing. There are different thicknesses for different applications in and out of the home.
Another plastic pipe; it is specially formulated for use with hot water lines, but cannot be exposed to sunlight. Its walls are thinner than PVC, and like PVC, uses special cement and primer to fuse the pipes and fittings together. Since it is so inexpensive, able to handle hot water AND cold water, it can be used for piping in certain parts of the world, but not often; its thin walls and brittle nature make it more laborious to assemble, as it can be easily broken. It is mostly used by DIY “plumbers”, as its use is restricted in many jurisdictions.
(www.pexinfo.com) – PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) has become the plumber’s #1 choice of piping. It has far more advantageous qualities than metal or plastic piping, such as being faster to install, fewer connections and fittings, as well as:
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