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If you’ve been searching for a way to avoid unexpected plumbing repairs and extend the lifespan of your plumbing system, pipe replacement may be the best option for you. Before you get your pipes installed, you’ll want to make sure that you choose the right pipe material for your home.
Here you will learn everything you need to know about choosing the right kind of pipe material for your plumbing system and how to know that pipe replacement is the best option for you.
When Should I Get New Pipes?
Your home plumbing system will let you know that it’s time for new pipes. Here are some signs that you should get a pipe replacement.
- Water Drains Slower – If you notice that your water is draining slower than normal you are likely to have a clog somewhere in your line. Corroded pipes are more susceptible to getting clogs.
- Pipes or Fixtures Are Leaking – If you feel damp spots behind appliances or walls or notice water puddling up underneath pipes or fixtures, you have a leak. Leaks can make your water bill increase.
- Dark Colored Water – Corrosion in your water pipes will cause your water to have a dark or brown color to it. The only fix for corrosion is a pipe replacement.
- Water Smells Bad – Bad-smelling water is usually caused by mold and mildew accumulating in the pipes. You should not drink or use this water as it can be dangerous to your health.
- Decrease In Water Pressure – When your water pressure decreases it is likely because there is a clog or leak in your water line. If this continues to happen, even after having a licensed plumber fix it, then a pipe replacement is highly recommended.
The Different Kinds Of Pipe Materials
There are various kinds of pipe materials available for your home’s plumbing system. Each kind has its own unique features and benefits.
A higher quality pipe material is stainless steel. It presents great benefits such as being corrosion-resistant, durable, dependable, and flexible.
Stainless steel is commonly used in areas where it is tough to put insulation and more vulnerable areas of your plumbing system. They require certain coupling to attach to other pipes within the system which can make installation more difficult and have a higher upfront cost.
Pipes made from cast iron are the most heavy-duty pipe material there is. This type of plumbing pipe is commonly used in commercial or large buildings for plumbing systems that are installed underground. The plumbing main pipe and drainage system are usually cast iron pipes.
PVC piping is a great option if you’re searching for a pipe that is cost-effective and has an easier installation process. They come in a variety of configurations and thicknesses and are ideal for many different plumbing needs. Even though this material is a great option, they are not typically used for a permanent plumbing solution.
Brass piping is one of the longer-lasting kinds of pipe materials. It also is known to be rust-proof and has less friction on the inside of the pipe walls which will keep your water pressure steady. Typically brass pipes are used for water tanks, hot water distribution, pump fittings, and inside walls.
Although galvanized piping used to be the normal, traditional pipe material to use for residential plumbing systems this is no longer the case. They tend to corrode much more than other pipe materials and have problems with low water pressure due to the pipe’s small diameter.
PEX piping is commonly seen in residential areas and small businesses. They are made of plastic and can be a great option if you want to install your pipes yourself.
The material has a greater upfront cost than some other materials but makes for a great investment in the long run. However, due to the kind of plastic these pipes are made from they are not suitable for outdoor plumbing. This is because UV rays will take away the outside layer of the pipe.
Copper pipes are a common material used for home plumbing systems. They come with great benefits such as their durability and resistance to corrosion. They also do well in areas with extreme temperatures and temperature fluctuations.
However, these pipes will need to be installed by a licensed plumber so aren’t a good option if you want to install them yourself. This is due to the fact that they need to be soldered together and need special fittings if they are run alongside other kinds of pipe materials.
Final Steps After Choosing Your Plumbing Pipes
Once you’ve chosen what kind of pipes you want for your home, it’s time to get in touch with an installation professional. They have all the knowledge and experience to make this an easy process for you.
Our team at Moore Home Services are experts in pipe replacement and installation. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment!