Repipe and Pipe Replacement Solutions for Galveston and League City

What is “Repiping”?

Repipe/Repiping is the process of replacing the pipes in a home. Repiping is primarily done to replace pipe that cannot be repaired and replacement is the most cost effective method of fixing ongoing plumbing issues. Repiping is exactly what is sounds like, the complete replacement of your plumbing supply and/or sewer system. If you are in need of a whole-home or partial repiping, you may be wondering what is the best material to use for your plumbing supply or sewer drain system. There are several different options and each material has its own specialized use. The most common materials are:

  • Copper: is an extremely durable piping material used for hot & cold water supply lines, drain lines, main water service line, and main sewer line.
  • PEX: Is a cost-effective, non-corrosive plumbing material used for hot & cold water supply lines and main water service lines that is resistant to acidic water and very flexible.
  • PVC: is not approved for use inside the home except as drain lines (drains that transport used water from showers, sinks, washers, etc. to the main sewer line).
  • CPVC: is not approved to be used for the main sewer line. CPVC can crack if frozen, which means it’s use as underground piping (i.e. sewer lines) should be limited and only installed per the manufacturer’s requirements.

How To Know If It Is Time To Repipe?

If you are trying to decide if a repipe of your supply line or sewer line is needed, there are some instances to determine if a repiping project is in order. These include:

  • Frequent leaking
  • Higher than average water bills
  • Foul smelling water
  • Discolored water
  • Lower water pressure
  • Having older, steel pipes

What Happens as Potable Drinking Water Systems Age?

Over time, metal pipe corrodes from contaminants and chemicals in the water as well as the pH of the water and the water chemistry employed by the utility. This corrosion leads to pitting, pinhole leaks, and finally catastrophic failure. In plastic piping, resins break down from prolonged exposure to chemicals added to the public water supply to ensure health and safety, such as chlorine and fluoride. These breakdowns can lead to spectacular failures and flood damage.

Anticipating Problems

Higher water bills signal the possibility of leaks in areas that may not be visible, such as under concrete slabs or underground. Once leaks start, they tend to accelerate. Leaking pipes decrease a property’s value and often require replacement as a precondition of sale.

It’s always a good idea to replace pipes before problems become too costly. The combination of higher water bills, repeated plumbing repairs, and property damage from leaks can easily exceed the cost of a repipe over time.

Have a Plumbing Repiping Question?

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