Have you recently experienced multiple problems with the pipes in your house? Have you noticed discolored water that may also be poor tasting or bad smelling? Are you concerned about the age and condition of the pipes in your house after discovering multiple leaks in your home’s plumbing? Tired of low water pressure when trying to shower or run multiple appliances?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Many homeowners take for granted that their home’s water pipes will last forever. A mostly unseen part of a home’s infrastructure, its water pipes provide one of the most crucial aspects of our daily life. Just as with most components of a home, over time the water pipes will deteriorate. While a singular water pipe issue may not be a sign of a larger issue, depending on the age of your home and the problems you are experiencing, it may be time for a partial or whole-house repiping.
If your home was built prior to 1960 and still has its original plumbing, then you probably have galvanized lead pipes. While these pipes were durable, they had some major drawbacks. Over time, corrosion built up in the pipes, leading to lower water pressure. A more serious problem was leaching of lead into drinking water, which can cause serious health risks.
By the 1960s, copper began replacing lead pipes, but if your house was built before the 1970s, it may still have lead pipes. While most copper pipes are expected to last 50 to 70 years if not longer (most installations have not yet reached that lifespan), depending on a variety of conditions, that lifespan can be shorted. Everything from acidity and calcium in the water to pipe placement (under a concrete slab, for example) can affect the lifespan of copper pipes. Corrosion of the pipe can also lead to pinhole leaks, but they are mostly a repairable issue.
Isn’t Copper Expensive?
While copper piping has long been the standard for water piping, one alternative today is PEX (cross-linked polyethylene). PEX is cheap and less labor-intensive than copper piping. PEX does not corrode and is much more resistant to freezing than copper pipes. While PEX has many advantages, it is a newer product. Copper is the tried and true method, and you know for sure what you are getting, as it has been proven to be a long-lasting, durable product.
It’s Never Too Late (Until It’s Too Late)
How many times do you think to yourself, I should have done that sooner? If you suspect it’s time to consider replacing the old water pipes, then don’t hesitate to call McNabb Plumbing today. McNabb plumbing will inspect your home’s water pipes and recommend the best course of action. McNabb Plumbing will never try to sell you on what we want, but only what you need.
McNabb Plumbing-The Right Choice for a Complete Home Repiping
While repiping may seem like a big job, McNabb Plumbing has the years of experience to handle the job, no matter how big or small. We’re happy to answer all your questions and explain all the options available to you. We’ll take great care to cause as little disruption to your life as possible, leaving your house the same way we found it (except, of course, with new pipes).