Top Reasons Why Pipes Burst

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Upon returning home, the last type of greeting you want is a flooded home due to burst pipes. Bursting pipes not only destroy your furniture, but also cabinetry, floors, and other personal belongings. Also – they can significantly hike up your water bill. How can you determine if your pipes are going to burst?

Warning signals that your pipes may burst:

  • Consistent clogs
  • Increased water bill
  • Foul odors
  • Damp areas
  • Decreased water pressure

What causes pipes to burst?

If you have suffered or noticed the signs above in your home, we suggest you contact your plumber immediately. If this has happened to you, you may be questioning, what has caused your pipes to burst in the first place?

Corrosion:

Ever since indoor plumbing was discovered, builders have experimented with numerous metals and other alternative materials for piping. If your home was built prior to 1970, the piping in your home more than likely consists of steel, which is susceptible to bursting. The lifespan of pipes should be between 50 to 60 years. If you think your home is older, considering contacting our repiping company for a free quote.

Collapsed Pipe:

Movements in soil or increased weight can cause your pipes to collapse. Development of construction can also shift soils and put more weight on your pipes. If an extensive development plan is in or near your area, contact the site manager so you can inform them of the location of your pipes.

Rusty Pipes:

Pipes, like most common things in your home can only last for so long. Overtime, pipes will eventually wear out and rust. Frequent rusting with wear and tear makes them prone to bursts.

Tree Roots:

These are another frequent reason behind causes of pipe bursting, notably if you live in a dry area. It is quite common to underestimate how strong tree roots can be. Nothing can prevent roots from providing water to their tree..if your pipes have a minor leak or crack, the roots will exploit it. Tree roots will grow near and around your pipes steadily until they burst from being crushed.

Freezing:

If temperature gets below freezing, pipes, burst can occur. Water in the pipes will freeze if the pipes are exposed to frigid air. In this instance, water in the pipes expands, and turns into ice. The frozen ice with the pressure of the streaming water becomes too extreme to handle and you end up with busted pipes.

Bad Installation:

Leaks may occur if pipes happen to be poorly soldered or fitted connection between pipes.

Replacing your pipes

Plastic and Copper piping can have a lifetime of up to 50 years in optimal conditions. If you are suffering plumbing issues related or similar to those listed above, it sounds like it is time to contact the experts at Repipe1 to have your home repiped. Let us help you!

When Repiping is Necessary in Your Home?

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When owning a home, that means all maintenance and repairs become your responsibility to perform them on your home. Friends, family and your coworkers may have spoken about repiping their homes, but the idea never came to mind because you are not sure when your home should be repiped. The professionals at Repipe 1 have curated a list of when you should consider repiping your home.

1. Leaks

Pipes that are leaking appear to be a small issue as to why you need to repipe your entire home, but leaking is a warning sign that your pipes may have deteriorated. As time goes on, pipes can depreciate and pinhole leaks can occur. A pinhole leak is the breakthrough of the copper pipe due to the progressive attack of the pitting corrosion process. A copper water plumbing system can experience significant damage from pitting corrosion but not result in pinhole leaks for many years. Sediments and other toxins can get into your water supply. Allow us to inspect your pipes

2. Low Water Pressure

If your water pressure is low, this can also be an indication that you are due to replace your pipes. Rust buildup on the walls of your pipes lessens the width water is allowed to stream through which diminishes your water pressure. In the case that build up worsens, you run the risk of your pipes bursting.

3. Discolored Water

As the faucets run, do you notice clear water or is their a hue? If a bizarre color is coming out, it can be a clue that your pipes are rusty. Rusted pipes and water you consume may be a health hazard. If this problem continues to linger, replace your pipes immediately.

4. Older Home

If your home is older than 50 years, and have not replaced your pipes, there is a high chance you are overdue for one. More than likely, the pipes in your home are galvanized. The types of pipes burst and corrode when they age.

5. Noisy Pipes

Listen to your pipes. Do they make a lot of noises i.e. banging or creaking as the water moves through them, it may be clue that your pipes need to be replaced. Often, we ignore houses noises in through the day, or we dismiss them entirely. Listen closely when you hear your pipes making noises.

If you have suffered any of the above signs in your home, it is time to give us a call at Repipe 1. Give us a call to receive your free quote!

What is PEX and Copper Repiping and What are the Benefits

Having optimal pipes is rewarding, they are built to sustain and function to your advantage. With over 15,000 homes and apartment complexes being repiped over the years by us, our clients come first. We value their homes and provide the best quality in the industry.

What is PEX?

More flexible and cost-effective

The United States adds chemicals to our water to ensure that we are not infected by the pollutants in the water supply. Copper pipes tend to also be less effective due to airborne chemicals. PEX is a phrase for polyethylene (PE) that is cross linked (X). It is stable, malleable, and similar to a plastic-like material that comes from a high density polyethylene that allows it to be so durabable. Within the last years, PEX has been improved to withstand heat while continuing to keep its long-term strength. The PEX system requires less fittings and labor to install making it budget-friendly in any home. With PEX repiping in your home, none of these issues will continue to tamper with your water supply.

Benefits:

Among other advantages, Pex repiping:

  • Long lasting
  • Flexible
  • Affordable
  • Ability to withstand temperature, decreasing your home’s heating bill
  • Resists pipe buildups, damage, freezing, and burst

What is Copper Repiping?

Copper has been the original favored material for plumbing systems for decades. If your home has rusty old galvanized pipes and or is built more than 5 years ago, their is a high chance you may have corroded pipes. This will continue to deteriorate and putting your bank account at risk for drainage.
Not all copper pipes are made of equal quality, pipes that are made elsewhere besides the United States are almost never in accordance with the quality standard of US. In some cases, contractors will use budget friendly pipes like these to keep cost low. The cheaper pipes are thin, and prone to corrosion. We use only USA MADE pipes, fittings, and valves from the finest manufacturers in the country.

Consider copper repiping if you are struggling with any of these issues:

  • Hot water when the toilet flushes or when water is in use in other parts of the home
  • Low water pressure
  • Leaking pipes below your home or inside the walls
  • Lack of hot water from sink or showers
  • Rusty or foul odor from water faucets
  • Loud or rattling noises when water is in use

After a Repipe, You will Have:

  • Excellent water pressure throughout your household
  • No more LEAKS!
  • Long lasting High-Quality plumbing for decades
  • Clean water that actually looks like water
  • Positive re-selling point for your home
  • Rest assured knowing that your plumbing is in the best shape

After a high quality PEX or Copper Repipe in your home, you will no longer have to suffer any discomfort or inconvenience caused by odd corroded pipes. We promise a start to finish time, stand behind our promises to get back to you on schedule and guarantee satisfaction to all of our clients.