Pipe Replacement Addison
Most people only see the pipes of their home when they are coming out of the wall or in an unfinished section of a basement. Homes built in the 1930’s and earlier could have lead pipes if they had not already been replaced. From the 1930’s to the 1980’s galvanized steel pipes were popular, but rusting problems gave way to Copper and PEX in modern homes. Replacing the pipes in older homes is a must in a lot of cases. Lead, and Galvanized pipes pose a significant health risk and should be replaced, while copper and PEX lines usually need to be replaced if they break.
Lead Pipes Addison
Lead is the first metal to be used for plumbing, even back in the Roman times. The soft material made it easy to work with and to melt to create tight joints made it watertight. Obviously, the biggest problem with lead pipes is lead poisoning. If the water flows regularly the lead buildup does not pose as big of a problem, but when the water would sit in the pipes for a long time the concentration of lead would build up and pose a health risk to anyone who drank it. This is the reason that lead pipes were abandoned. It is becoming increasingly rare to find lead pipes in homes, and this is due to the fact that everyone replaces them when found.
Galvanized Pipes Addison
After lead pipes, galvanized iron pipes were the main choice when it came to home plumbing. Galvanized pipes were put into service shortly after World War II and used widely up until the 1970s. That was when copper pipes were becoming increasingly available and proven to be a superior alternative to Galvanized. Galvanizing is a process in which zinc is added to the outside of the iron. The zinc is used as a rust protection coating and works pretty good, on the outside. Inside air in the water can cause the pipe to rust inside leading to rust getting into the water. Often this can be seen with rust lines on toilets and white clothes becoming stained with rust in washing machines. The rusting of Galvanized pipes also can lead to water leakage as holes start to form during the oxidation of the iron causing galvanized pipes to leak. If you have galvanized piping in your home, reach out to a local plumber in Addison to see how much it would be to replace your piping. Copper piping in homes increases the resale value and expands your potential buyers for when you want to sell in the future.
Copper Pipes Installation Addison
Copper pipes are the best metal that is used in plumbing for homes. High-quality copper pipes are resistant to oxidation and have a long life expectancy. Copper Pipes started to be used in homes around the 1960s and replaced the pipes in newer homes by the 1980s. The biggest problem with copper pipes is in the early days when lead-based solder was used to seal the joints of copper pipes, and could sometimes cause lead to leak into the water supply. Modern solder does not contain lead so that problem no longer exists. Copper pipes have recently started to become a more costly plumbing material to use due to the rising cost of copper.
PEX Pipes Addison
PEX pipes are the next evolution of PVC pipes. While PVC is widely used for wastewater removal, PVC pipes for water supply would be good, but PVC melts when hot water flows through it. Cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX, is the next step in PVC piping. The flexible tube does not weaken when hot water is sent through it. This means that you can use PEX in place of any metal pipes in your home. Because PEX comes in different colors, hot and cold water lines can also be color-coded to help in future projects. If you are interested in installing and switching to a PEX piping system for your home contact a local plumber in Addison today and they will let you know the best options for your home.
Pipe Life Expectancy
While everyone likes to think that the pipes in their home will last forever, odds are the only one that will is the PVC sewer lines, and that might be for the best. For the most part, pipes will last depending on the water that flows through them. The more acidic or harder water, the more likely the pipes are to fail. That being said there is a time frame you should look at when deciding if you want to replace your pipes before they fail.
- Galvanized Pipes – 20-50 years
- Copper Pipes – 50+ years
- Lead Pipes – 0 (replace immediately)
- PEX Pipes – 40-50 years
Deciding when to replace your pipes
When it comes down to it replacing the pipes in your home follows the rules for everything else, cost and time. If you can get another year out of your current pipes, that is a year of more saving for new pipes. Though with pipes there are often few warning signs that they are about to go. Leaks are the biggest sign that your pipes are about to go. Often pipes need to be replaced because of corrosion or erosion of the lining. This can be due to the elements in the water, or imperfections in the pipes themselves. A lot of the time complete replacement is not needed, and there are cost-effective methods. PEX pipes can be used to replace sections of other pipes. Often PEX manufacturers also make adapters to allow PEX pipes to connect to copper or galvanized pipes, in addition to those same materials being used to replace damaged sections. Our trained plumbers have the knowledge and knowhow to evaluate your plumbing and let you know what condition it is in so you can make an informed decision.
It doesn’t matter what the problem is, you should always rely on a professional to help. Capps has been helping people in Addison for over 20 years. Our dedication to taking care of our customers has helped us become one of the best companies around. To help our customers, we make sure that our plumbers have the skills and ability to handle any plumbing problem and our support team is focused on making sure that you will be satisfied with your experience. So call Capps today to make sure your home’s pipes are safe and reliable.