As water pipes get older, they become more vulnerable to all of the harsh effects of freezing, thawing, ground movement, mineral buildup, water pressure, as well as tree root intrusion. Damaged water lines can result in various nasty things such as discolored water and reduced water pressure. On their own, both of these aren’t dangerous things. However, they could be symptoms of a more significant problem that needs attention. If left neglected, a small job could turn into a big and expensive task.
How do you know if it’s time for a pipe repair?
There are a couple of different ways to tell if it’s time for a re-pipe.
- Poor water pressure or volume
- Leaking or corroded pipes
- Rusty discolored water
- The existing pipes are galvanized steel
- Problems are faced while running more than a single fixture
More often than not, most people use the term poor water pressure to talk about low water volume. The main factor which contributes to poor water volume is rust and corrosion which makes the diameter of the pipe close off similar to what aging arteries do to a heart. As if that wasn’t enough, the constant flow of debris that flows through an old potable water plumbing system doesn’t do you any favors.
When water pipes age, corrosion as well as rust deposits form and cling to the inner walls of the pipes while slowly constricting the inside diameter as well as reducing the amount of water that’s able to flow through it. This is especially common in steel pipes. All of these deposits can and usually break and flow to fixtures which clog the orifices which supply the fixture with water.
Today’s water supply fixtures are manufactured with newer technology as well as materials. They are made to work in conjunction with more modern piping materials such as plastics as well as other such materials which don’t corrode like copper and steel. The plumbing and water supply fixtures of today are manufactured to existing standards with very close tolerances.
Iron pipes are quite sensitive to debris which will eventually clog the pipe or result in it malfunctioning. In addition to this, the rust found inside the pipes is passed on to you while you are bathing or drinking the water that comes from the taps. Inevitably, the rust will completely eat through the iron pipe which will result in you experiencing leaks.
Signs of corrosion on the exterior of the pipe usually mean that the interior of the pipe has weakened or become so thin that the pressurized water inside is leaking. It can occur at any location throughout the entire system. However, it usually occurs at the joints which connect the pipe.
How can you install new pipes?
Generally, installation of new pipes is a job best left to professional plumbers. A professional company which consistently receives rave reviews is Integrated Plumbing Solutions or IPS. Their transparent process fits the bill for all of their customers. They specialize in fixing clogged drains, faucet leaks, stopped up toilets, water leaks, water heater repair as well as installation of water piping. In addition to all of this, their prices are extremely competitive.
Here’s how water pipes are installed.
- The first thing the plumber will do is turn off the main water supply. This is because installing pipes while water is running will lead to an unnecessary mess. The plumber will also turn on other taps in the house to drain out any excess water lying in the system.
- The plumber will then figure out where to connect the new pipes as well as where they will terminate. Ideally, the plumber will do this in a prior visit. He/she will do his/her best to make sure that the pipes are hidden in inconspicuous areas or covered inside the walls.
- Next, the plumber will figure out where he/she must drill holes as well as mark the areas. This step is fairly straightforward.
- After drilling the holes, the plumber will measure the required pipes as well as cut the pieces according to the measured length.
- The plumber will then connect the new pipes that he/she is installing to the existing pipes or framework in place.
- To wrap up, the plumber will conduct a thorough inspection of all of the connections made on the new pipes to ensure that they are secured properly. Some of the checks involve turning on the water supply to check for leaks as well as insulating any pipes if required.
There’s a lot more that must be done in order to install new water piping which is why it’s important to hire a professional. You could theoretically do it yourself. However, this might result in a botched job which may mean a more expensive repair later down the line. Do yourself a favor and hire a professional such as Integrated Plumbing Solutions.