When evaluating the state of a home’s plumbing, it all comes down to the quality of the pipes. Any corroded or poorly jointed pipes can result in a host of problems for homeowners. Poorly installed or maintained pipes may cause damage to your home and impact the efficiency of your plumbing system.
The specialists at Carmine’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offer whole-home repiping services to households across the Danbury, CT area. Get in touch with us and we’ll send one of our team members to perform an inspection of the water pipes in your home and let you make an informed decision on whether or not you need repiping services.
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Clues You Need Repiping Services
If you suspect any damage to your home’s plumbing is being caused by bad pipes, it may help to learn about the signs that indicate a repiping is in order. Be sure to keep an eye out for any of the following, which may provide clues to the status of your pipes:
- Changes in the color of your water
- Water leaks and burst pipes occur frequently
- There’s a pungent smell to the water
- Decrease in water pressure
- Big hike in your home’s water consumption
While it’s possible these problems may only require minor repairs, it’s best to check them out in case the problem runs deeper. If these symptoms are neglected for too long, it could be destructive to your plumbing.
What Kind of Piping Is Available?
Plumbers have used many different types of pipes over the years, but only two have stood the test of time. Copper and PEX are what most professionals use these days. Both are safe and sturdy materials for creating pipes, but each has its pros and cons. Here’s what makes these materials effective yet different:
This has been the industry standard for a long time. Copper can create solid joints and has a high life expectancy. The big drawback of copper pipes, however, is the price. It’s much more expensive to install than PEX.
Cross-linked polyethylene, or PEX, is a flexible material. This makes installation easy. It’s also less likely to freeze or burst during winter and is resistant to acidic compounds. But the downside to using PEX piping is it can’t be hooked up directly to a water heater and it is damaged by ultraviolet light, so it can’t be used outdoors.