The Nitty-Gritty About New Pipe Installation

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Recognizing When To Get New Pipe Installation

It's not always easy to tell when a home needs a new pipe installation. Homeowners should consider the age of the pipes, the materials the pipes are made of, the overall condition of the pipes, and whether the pipes have been experiencing problems. Even high-quality pipes made of the strongest materials and installed with careful expertise run into problems eventually. 

Wear and tear, decay, corrosion and rust are inevitable issues that impact a pipe's lifespan. A plumbing professional can assess the pipes' condition and make recommendations as to whether repair or replacement is the appropriate next step.

In this article, experts share some common plumbing knowledge, warning signs of pipe damage, and how to repair these issues. 

Signs a Pipe Needs Replacing

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If the home is on the older side, has been experiencing leaks, or suffers from poor water pressure, these are all signs that it may be time to get the piping looked at by a professional. 

However, there are plenty of other issues to look out for as well, including:

  • Leaks
  • Spikes in the water bill
  • Poor water pressure
  • Water stains
  • Rust or corrosion
  • Wet areas or puddles
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Warped flooring
  • Mold
  • Unpleasant odors

A damaged pipe can cause extensive damage to the home, namely, water damage. Homeowners will need to fix the pipe and will need to worry about fixing drywall along with potential mold remediation, which is why catching these issues early on is so essential.

Understanding Pipe Installation Services

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Once it's determined that the pipe needs replacement, homeowners can decide which options make the most sense. This can mean deciding between partial or complete installation, repair versus replacement, and so forth. If a whole home repiping is necessary, it typically takes between three days to a week to complete.

Plumbing professionals will work to accommodate any schedule. That way, the pipe installation process will be as convenient and non-invasive as possible. The plumbing professional will design the best possible piping system for the home, including making recommendations for materials and the overall design of the piping. 

A Guide To Pipe Installation Tools

Typically, supply pipes that bring water into the home are made from brass, copper or galvanized steel. Drain lines, which carry water outside of the home, are usually PVC. Some materials are more expensive than others. However, it is important to consider that different materials have a longer lifespan. 

  • Typically, brass lasts about 40 years
  • Galvanized steel lasts up to 50 years
  • PVC piping has a variable lifespan
  • Cast iron lasts up to 100 years.

A plumbing professional will install plumbing that is leak-free, quiet and efficient. This is a rather involved process, but it can ultimately save tens of thousands of dollars and boost the home's overall value.

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