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A leaking pipe may sometimes require just a quick adjustment at the joint, and other times it requires a complete pipe replacement. When do you repair, and when do you replace? There are several ways of gauging which option is the best for your specific situation. Read on to learn more. For repiping solutions in Temecula, Murrieta, and surrounding areas, contact 24-7 Plumbing And Drain.
What kind of pipe problem do you have?
Less serious problems can be fixed with a much simpler and less expensive solution than complete replacement. This all depends on the kind of problem you are facing.
The first step to deciding whether to repair or repipe is to determine what the source of the problem is. Minor holes in the pipe can be handled without necessarily requiring repiping. If you are noticing a significant amount of condensation, insulation can be added to the existing unit. Loose pipes can be braced or cushioned. However, if the first attempt to fix the problem with a repair job is not doing the trick, repiping is the better solution.
When is repiping necessary?
There are some problems that can only be fixed with repiping. For example, burst pipes and problems with the water main always require pipe replacement. These problems are considered plumbing emergencies as they can lead to water damage within the home. A plumber should be called as soon as possible to replace any damaged pipes.
You should also be careful to notice warning signs that you will need repiping soon. The main problem people have with their pipes is sediment buildup. This can cause a backup of water; you will notice that your drains are draining more slowly, or your water pressure has significantly reduced. These problems can be ignored for a short time, but it would be wise to have a plumber check for sediment buildup to prevent further problems from occurring. Sediment can break away from the pipe and flow into faucets and appliances. This can lead to clogs and even damage your appliances. It is often less expensive to replace a pipe than an appliance. Taking preventative care of your pipes can reduce the risk of damage to your home.
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Many older homes have galvanized pipes installed. If repiping is required, we will recommend using either PEX or copper piping to replace your older units. PEX piping is colorful (often red and blue), flexible, durable, and easy to install. They are environmentally friendly and very efficient, so your water bills will be significantly reduced. They also cost less to buy new. Copper pipes are more costly to install, but they come with a 50-year warranty and can last over 100 years. The main advantage of using copper piping is its resistance to weather and corrosion. This means you can use it outside as well as inside. We can help you choose which type is right for your purposes.