If your home’s plumbing in Arlington was installed prior to 1970, it is likely the outdated plumbing system is in need of replacement. The following discusses outdated plumbing, the problems you can encounter and why you should replace it.
Galvanized Steel Pipes
Galvanized pipes are still in use today in many homes. The pipe rusts and corrodes, causing low water pressure, contaminated water and leaks that can cause serious damage to your home and its foundation. These pipes corrode from the inside out, causing the water flow to be reduced, scale to accumulate in the presence of hard water, and potentially other contaminates are caught and incubate in the rough corroded pipe interior. These problems can be present anywhere that galvanized pipe is located in your home’s plumbing in Arlington, the water line delivering water to your home, and the pipes in the home.
Cast Iron Piping
Cast iron pipes are an additional type of outdated plumbing that causes problems in older homes. This type of piping should also be replaced when they present. The problems cast iron pipe experiences are similar to galvanized pipes. In addition, the joints and flanges of cast iron pipes were often sealed with lead, which endangers those who drink the water from lead poisoning. If your home contains cast iron pipes, contact Ben Franklin for a free estimate to replace your home’s outdated plumbing in Arlington.
Clay Drain and Sewer Pipes
Clay pipes were often used in plumbing up to the early 20th century for drain and sewer pipes. Unfortunately, clay pipes easily break, and are vulnerable to tree root intrusions. In addition, ground movement around the pipe can cause breakage and leaks. Broken clay pipes are often responsible for raw sewage seeping into the ground, contaminating the area and potentially local waters. Contact Ben Franklin to schedule installation of new sewer and/or drain lines for your home’s plumbing in Arlington.
If your home is using any of the above outdated piping, you should have them replaced with newer pipe materials, such as copper piping or flexible PEX pipes. Not only are they safer, but they do not clog as easily and allow better water flow, eliminating the water pressure problems of older pipes.
An estimated 10 million homes in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah were plumbed with faulty polybutylene pipe and fittings from 1976 up until the late 1990’s. Polybutylene pipe is susceptible to deterioration from the inside out due to the effects of chlorine and minerals in the water. So widespread was the often catastrophic damage to homes that a nationwide recall was ordered. If your home contains polybutylene pipe, have it replaced as soon as possible. A Ben Franklin plumber can provide the repiping you need of your home’s plumbing in Arlington.
Low Water Pressure
One sign of corroded pipes is low water pressure. While a low pressure may also indicate the presence of a water leak, it can also mean your pipes are corroded. Rust is common in galvanized and cast iron pipes, but even plastic pipe can become clogged when the water serving your home is hard water, which is water containing a high content of minerals, usually calcium and magnesium, and rarely iron water. Repiping your home is the solution for worn, corroded pipes. However, the solution for hard water is a water softener. A Benjamin Franklin licensed plumber can provide the repiping of your home’s plumbing in Arlington and water softener installation you require.
You should be aware, especially if you plan to sell your home in the near future, that the installation of new plumbing in your home will add to its value and its appeal to potential buyers. In addition, a water softener installed in your home will protect the new pipe and water using appliances from the negative effects caused by hard water. This is especially beneficial to the water heater, which experiences a reduced lifespan, and poor performance due to hard water if not adequately maintained.
Plumbing will last for decades, and unfortunately there comes a time when even the best will eventually require replacement. You can ensure you receive the longest possible lifespan of the plumbing system in your home by choosing quality modern pipe materials and a qualified licensed plumber to provide the installation.
Historic homes require a licensed plumber with professional expertise in dealing with the issues relative to them, not affecting modern homes. For example, a home with a Historic designation can require extensive paperwork to acquire approval for numerous projects. The requests for permits, planning and often relocation of exhaust pipes, pipes and other items are time consuming and frustrating for homeowners. When you hire a Ben Franklin plumber to provide services to your plumbing in Arlington, we will assist you and provide the plumbing solutions that you need.
To receive the professional plumbing in Arlington that you can rely on, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. A Ben Franklin licensed plumber offers quality plumbing services, that meet and/or exceed the industry standards. We offer a wide range of professional plumbing services, including gas line services. Furthermore, we provide the Ben Franklin 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our dedicated plumbers serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.