Virtually every homeowner has had to deal with simple plumbing problems like the annoying leaky faucet in the middle of the night or a backed up toilet at some point. These common nuisances are usually an easy plumbing fix, but more serious issues can potentially strike anywhere, at any time, and be very disruptive to your family’s daily routines.
Over time, plumbing tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays with daily use. Unless the affected pipes are replaced, homeowners will eventually have to deal with leaking pipes, and potentially an unexpected flood of water or raw sewage that damages your home from the inside out. Nobody wants that!
Pipe replacement can be very expensive and involved depending on the situation, but any experienced plumber in Orange County can help you to better understand your plumbing system with a simple inspection. To plan ahead for replacement you absolutely need to be aware of your plumbing system’s current condition and type of piping so you can anticipate potential costs of pipe repair or replacement.
What kind of pipes does my home have?
Today’s most commonly used pipes in residential plumbing are copper, plastic, or PEX. Plastic PVC pipes seem to be virtually indestructible and are the most commonly used pipe for drain lines. PEX is the newest pipe for residential use and is popular because it is flexible and easy to install. PEX is also much less expensive than copper plumbing pipes and usually comes with a 25 year warranty. Copper is more expensive than plastic piping, but it has excellent longevity. Because copper pipes resist corrosion they are commonly used pipes in water supply lines. However, depending on the age of your home you may encounter galvanized steel or cast iron DWV (drain/waste/vent) systems that require expensive repairs or may need to be completely replaced.
The type of plumbing in your house determines how long you may be able to expect it to last. Well cared for pipes with a regular plumbing maintenance routine may end up lasting longer than the typical lifespan recommended. Conversely, plumbing that has been neglected or is present in areas with hard water, meaning it has a high mineral content, may fail sooner.
Reviewing the home inspection report you received when you bought your home is a quick and simple way to check out what kind of pipes your house currently has. Homeowners should always inspect exposed pipe for signs of trouble to help prevent plumbing emergencies from springing up. Check the tubing for stains, flaking, bumps, or any irregularities that indicate corrosion or damage. Parzival Plumbing can also send an experienced plumber in Orange County to do a simple free inspection of your plumbing system to help clarify what type of pipes you have and what state they are in.
How do I know if my pipes need to be replaced?
Any leaks, even small ones that are easily repaired, may be a sign that the time for further pipe replacement is approaching. A leak in one area may be a strong indication of one in another area, especially if all your pipes are the original tubing and are all made of the same material. Any sign of rusty brown or yellow water coming out of pipes, especially after a vacation where the water has been sitting stagnant in pipes, indicates decay is present inside the pipes. Our professional plumbers have underground cameras and specialized equipment to inspect pipes and lateral sewers In any case, replacing pipes before disaster strikes is probably your best bet.
No matter the age of your pipes, if there are any lead pipes or polybutylene pipes present in your home they should be removed immediately. Lead pipes can leach lead into drinking and cooking water, posing a serious health hazard. Polybutylene pipes are extremely prone to breakage, so replacing them is always recommended.
Plumbing re-pipes involve extensive repairs that require an experienced, professional plumber. The process involves replacing old sections of damaged or aged pipes with new copper, plastic, or PEX tube piping to revitalize the life of your plumbing system. Since the water at your home needs to be shut off during the pipe replacement process, Parzival Plumbing has extended hours to ensure that the plumbing work will be scheduled in a way that will minimize the disruption to your life. We also take pride in protecting the environment and are certified green plumbers.
Parzival Plumbing specializes in leak detection and pipe replacement in Orange County, and has developed an outstanding reputation with our clients. We provide excellent service and value in all the work we do, so if you are looking for a plumber in Orange County for any reason, let us help you breathe new life into your plumbing system!