Have damaged pipes? Read on to see if repair or repiping is best for you.
If we find that you need to repipe, we will discuss the process with you and provide a free estimate to make sure this service fits with your needs and budget.
What are Signs You Need to Repipe?
Repiping is recommended if you have older plumbing, and the pipes are visibly cracking in several areas. Older homes feature copper piping, which is not flexible and has a tendency to freeze and easily burst or crack.
Replacing older copper pipes with more modern material, such as PEX piping, will help provide smoother water flow.
Other problems such as minor leaks can be easily repaired and will not need a complete repipe. However, if you find that your pipes are constantly leaking, even though they’ve been repaired several times, we will inspect your system and determine if repiping will solve the problem.
What is the Difference Between Copper and PEX Piping?
PEX piping is incredibly flexible and is very easy to maintain. It does not split and break as often as copper piping, making it a popular choice among homeowners.
Although copper piping is vulnerable to cracking and breaking under extreme temperatures, it is still a highly reliable material and known to last for several years.
We will perform a thorough inspection of your home and plumbing system to help you choose the right kind of piping material.
What is Repiping?
Re-piping is a process of replacing the supply pipes in a dwelling or business. It is not a temporary fix or a replacement of short sections of pipe, but a complete replacement of your supply plumbing system. There are several reasons you may need to repipe your home or business. Corrosion of pipes may cause low water pressure, rusty colored water, reduced water flow, or leaks. If you are going to remodel it is a good time to repipe before you paint or finish your walls. It is important to understand the scope of the project before work is started. If you notice an isolated leak or a small portion of your existing piping leaking, or valves that are corroded or cracked, it is quite possibly an indication of a larger problem.
A professional site inspection is critical to a successful repiping process. Standard repiping projects include installation of all new hot and cold domestic water piping from the water source to all existing faucets and fixtures. Unless specifically included in the proposal, drain replacement and fixtures are not included.
There are various materials used in re-piping, in water supply re-piping some of the materials are metal and perhaps some plastic pipes. The metal pipes are galvanized steel or iron, brass, and copper. The plastic pipes are Poly Vinyl Chloride PVC, Chlorine Poly Vinyl Chloride CPVC, Poly Ethylene PE, Polybutylene PB, and Kitec. Most of these plastic pipe systems will end in lawsuits. Part of the problem is with the fittings that are often cheaply made with little quality control by a verity of overseas companies. Plastic pipes also have questionable joining methods. Plastic pipes are glued, crimped, and banded. When plastic pipes blow a joint they blow apart and result in water damage. Plastics become brittle with age and heat. There are also issues about the molecular structure of plastics and the resins from which they are made. In rare instances a CPVC repipe maybe recommended where the water PH levels are a problem.
A new trend in re-piping is sand blasting the inside of worn thin pipe and the painting the inside of the worn pipe with epoxy paint. Sometimes during the sandblasting the sandblasting will wear thin and blow through the wall of joints and pipes. Some of those thin spots leak right away and sometimes those leaks come days or weeks later. Leaking pipes that are epoxy-coated end up needing to be properly re-piped by installing a CDA copper re-pipe.
Do You Need to Repipe?
Like any area of your home, eventually, the pipes that make up your piping system will begin to wear out and show signs of wear and tear. These can manifest in the form of leaks, burst pipes, or corrosion which can affect the safety and quality of your water.
The easiest way to know if you need repair services, or if you would be better off investing in repiping an area of your home or business in singapore, is to take a look at this list of signs:
- A noticeable change in water pressure
- Your water is an unusual color
- The water has an unpleasant or unusual taste or smell
- Your water bills have been going up
If you notice that there is an issue with your water supply or water pressure, give us a call for quick solutions that you can count on.