Repiping | Water Line Repair Arlington
When you live in an older home with worn pipes made from outdated material, replacing them will prevent leaks that can cause serious damage to your home and its foundation. Homeowners often request water line repair in Arlington for older homes. When older homes have outdated, worn and failing pipes, replacement is the cost effective choice. During a remodel provides a convenient time, and in some cases will facilitate the installation. For example, with cabinetry out of the way, replumbing the kitchen will be less labor intensive.
Through the years, materials used for residential piping has changed. In the past, cast iron, galvanized steel and even clay were common materials for pipes. Today’s pipe materials are copper and plastic piping that have withstood the test of time, including the newest pipe material, PEX.
Under normal conditions, copper pipe is a long lasting pipe with the added benefit of being recyclable. However, in homes with hard water, the chemical composition of the water can be eroding your copper pipes, thinning the walls and eventually leading to pinhole leaks. If this sounds like your copper pipes, they should be replaced before damage to your home occurs. Continued water line repair in Arlington will only provide a temporary fix, and won’t resolve the issue of continued leaks.
Plastic pipes or PEX is resistant to hard water. You may want to consider the installation of a water softener to protect both your plumbing in Arlington and the water using appliances in your home, such as the water heater. A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington can provide you with the information you need regarding modern pipe materials to enable you to make a fully informed choice as you consider water line repair in Arlington.
How Do I Know I Need Repiping?
Pipes won’t last indefinitely; sooner or later a home’s piping will need to be replaced. Knowing the signs of failing plumbing can prevent severe and costly damage from occurring in your home. Being aware of the following common signs will alert you that it’s time for water line repair in Arlington.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is a common indicator of pipe issues. However, there can be other causes that should be investigated by a qualified, licensed plumber before repiping. Other causes potentially include:
- A failed water pressure regulator – Typically located on the water main near the meter, a water pressure regulator protects your home’s plumbing by reducing the water pressure of municipal water supply. Over time, the regulator rusts and will fail. This can potentially result in low water pressure, or allow the natural high water pressure to enter your home. A plumber can replace a failed regulator for you, restoring the proper water pressure to your home.
- The municipal water supply may provide low water pressure. A Benjamin Franklin plumber can provide the plumbing services you require to boost low water pressure when the source is the municipal water supply.
- Aerators and shower heads can be blocked with hard water deposits. Soaking in vinegar and gently scrubbing with a soft brush will resolve this issue.
Discolored water is an additional sign of corroded pipes requiring replacement. While there are other potential causes (such as a rusty sacrificial rod in the water heater), rusty water is a common sign of pipes in need of replacement.
When your pipes are a source of consistent leaks, it’s time to replace them, rather than to continue providing water line repair in Arlington. Leaks can cause costly damage to the home and its foundation. In the long run, replacing the pipes is the most cost effective option.
The surface of corroded metal pipes can appear rough, dimpled with flaking and chipping. The joints tend to experience the greatest stress and it’s therefore common to first see these signs in joints. Water line repair in Arlington won’t suffice in the presence of corrosion, the pipes should be replaced with modern, reliable pipe materials.
How old pipes are can provide you with a general guideline of when pipes should be replaced. First, you must realize that water chemistry has a large impact of the lifespan of plumbing components. This is true for pipes, water heaters, faucets and all plumbing components. Areas with hard water will experience a significant reduction in the lifespan of plumbing. PVC and CPV can last indefinitely. The issue PVC can experience in the presence of hard water is mineral deposits, especially in small supply lines, such as those going to a toilet or sink.
All homes will eventually require repiping. Selecting a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington to provide the service will ensure an efficient, trouble free and professional installation. Plumber installation assures your plumbing is up to code should you sell your home, and will provide both an increase in your home value, and a strong selling point. New homeowner’s don’t want to start off in a new home by providing water line repair in Arlington, and will select a home with reliable plumbing.
For professional installation and water line repair in Arlington, or other quality plumbing services, contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Arlington. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with a consistent A+ rating.