Having a good set of pipes might be the most important aspect of a healthy plumbing system. After all, they’re what delivers water to and from appliances and fixtures throughout your home. Pipes that are corroded or poorly linked together can cause as much harm as water leaks and bursts. They can lead to water damage and increased water consumption, both of which may result in higher costs with regards to repairs and utility charges.
Thankfully the technicians at Superior Plumbing, Heating & Air-Conditioning, Inc can conduct repiping services to homes in the Waterford, MI area. We’re ready to perform a whole-home repipe if necessary to protect your property from the damage caused by bad pipes.
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Clues You Need Repiping Services
Do you suspect your home might be in need of repiping services? If you’re not sure, there are a few clues that could indicate a repipe is in order. Here are some of the things you should keep an eye out for:
- Significant decrease in water pressure
- Funny smells or strange color in your water
- Big spikes in your home’s water bill
- Frequent water leaks and burst pipes
Call in a technician to inspect your home’s water pipes if you notice any of the above signs. It might turn out these only require small repairs to fix, but if they’re symptoms of a much larger problem it may be time to consider hiring repiping services.
Types of Piping Materials
There are two regular piping materials plumbers use for repiping services: copper and PEX. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but each one is safe and durable. Here’s how the two compare:
Copper has been the home plumbing standard for a long, long time. It beats PEX in terms of life expectancy and can be relied upon to create sturdy joints. The big drawback, however, is the cost of installing copper piping is a lot higher than PEX.
PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. Pipes made from this material are flexible and resistant to acidic compounds. When it comes to cold weather, these pipes won’t freeze or crack as easily. But it comes with a pair of big handicaps. These pipes can’t be connected directly to a water heater and are damaged by ultraviolet light, meaning you can’t use them outdoors.
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