When it comes to the quality of a home’s plumbing system, it’s really all about the state of the pipes. If any of them are corroded or poorly jointed, it can be the source of a myriad of problems. Bad pipes can lead to water damage and greatly impact the efficiency of your plumbing.
The repiping contractors at S and J Plumbing offer whole-house repiping services to homes across the Arlington Heights, IL area. Get in touch with us and one of our technicians will come over to inspect your water pipes to determine if they’re fit for repiping.
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Do You Need Whole-House Repiping Services?
If you learn to recognize the signs your home is due for repiping, it can help stem any harm caused to your home by damaged water pipes. Homeowners should be looking out for the following, which may provide a clue there’s a problem:
- Strong stench to the water
- Oddly colored water
- Burst pipes and water leaks happen frequently
- Significant decrease in water pressure
- Big jump in your home’s water consumption
Although it’s possible these symptoms may only indicate a problem that requires minor repairs, if they’re neglected the consequences could be devastating. Contact a repiping contractor if you suspect something is wrong and they will be able to diagnose the problem and tell you if a repiping makes sense for your home.
What Kinds of Piping is Available?
Plumbers have used many different types of piping over the years, but only two now stand above the rest. Copper and PEX are the most popular piping materials, and while both are safe and effective they each have their pros and cons. Here’s a comparison between the two types:
Copper has been the industry standard for a long time, and it appears it will stay that way for a while. This material can create sturdy joints that last longer than PEX. The biggest drawback, however, is the cost of installation is much higher.
Cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX, is a flexible material that’s easy to install. It also won’t freeze or burst during winter and is resistant to acidic compounds. The downside to PEX is it can’t be connected directly to a water heater and can’t be exposed to ultraviolet light, meaning you won’t be able to use it outdoors.
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