When Should I Re-pipe?

Re-piping is a hard decision that a lot of people think they can avoid. That probably isn’t the smartest decision to make when dealing with your home or business’s pipes. Below is some advice that will be able to help you know if it’s right for you to seek a plumber’s advice about possibilities of re-piping.

Pipes are usually supposed to last 25-50 years, depending on how you’ve maintained them. The first thing you should do is learn a little about general piping maintenance. This doesn’t mean that you need to know how to fix things, just how to take care of them.

Start by purchasing some general pipe cleaners. This could come in the form of liquid cleaners or some other specialized cleaning tools. Don’t think you need to clean them once a month. General inspections every few months will do.

Taking care of your pipes is the first step to making them last longer. What happens if you are already past that point? Here are some signs to look for that might indicate that you need an expert’s opinion; low pressure, if your water coming out a different color, if it has a bitter taste, if you have plumbing leaks.

The above were just a few signs that you just might need to re-pipe. But you still might be asking the question ‘why do I need to re-pipe? Can’t I just clean it or have someone else come in and do it for me?’ Well, sometimes we might choose to do that to save a little money but in the long run you might be doing just the opposite.

It’s important to re-pipe because not only will it make your water taste better and smell better, but you will also have the water pressure you desire. In the long run you can be spending more money just to have a plumber come more often just too finally tell you that you now have no other choice but to re-pipe. Re-piping can also add value to your home when you decide to sell.

If you choose not to re-pipe you may experience a burst in your pipes and then a flooding of your home. You would end up paying more money to re-furnish then if you would have just made the difficult decision to re-pipe your home.

If you are having concerns about your home or business piping, call a plumber you know and trust or have the qualifications that you are seeking. They will be able to help you see if you really need to re-pipe or if there are other options at the present that might be more beneficial to you.

Facts About Sewer Pipe Bursting Technology

Sewer pipe bursting technology, also referred to as trenchless pipe excavation, has made some significant improvements over the past decade. Before, if you caught news that a local sewage pipe ruptured and needs repaired, you would instantly imagine (and expect) massive road demolition, extensive traffic congestion, long-term construction, and near-by commercial businesses taking a financial hit.

Sewer pipe repair used to be tedious, inconvenient, and messy; blocking popular high-traffic roadways and businesses and costing loads more money to accomplish. But with the latest advancements in plumbing pipe repair, there is a better and easier way of doing things now. Continue reading to learn more about trenchless pipe bursting technology and how it benefits companies, contractors, and various industries in terms of pipe repair and replacement.

Pipe Repair and Replacement

Trenchless pipe repair and replacement is the perfect solution to fixing damaged or problematic sewage pipes deep beneath the ground. Its process is quite simple actually: two holes are dug, one at each end of the section of piping that needs repaired. Then a remote-controlled machine is inserted into one hole and guided through the pipe until it’s near the second hole. If the pipe simply needs renovating or reinforcing, there are two easy methods:

  1. Insert a polyethylene tube after the machine is inserted, and then expand it or attach it to the inner walls of the existing piping using hot air or ultraviolet light.
  2. Spray an epoxy resin onto the inner walls of the existing piping.

For larger projects and repairs, these simple patching remedies won’t do. The level of repair and replacement must be kicked up a notch. This is where trenchless pipe bursting technology becomes most useful. Just like before, a remote-guided machine is inserted into one hole, but this time it has an auger attached to the front of it. It is directed through the path of the pipe, or the corrected path, slicing the existing pipe walls to shreds with thin blades. This forces the old piping to the side and allows new piping to be inserted and expanded. This eliminates several hazards and inconveniences, like ground heaving, heavy construction, massive demolition, and more.

If you are a commercial business or property owner that requires pipe repair and replacement services, be sure to trust only a licensed master plumber for the job. This kind of work requires a unique, comprehensive understanding of plumbing systems and pipe works that only master plumbers retain. Be sure they have more than 10 years of experience so they are familiar with the old and new versions of underground piping and sewage systems.

Tips to Prevent Water and Mold Damage From Burst Pipes

Now that winter is upon us, it is very important to take preventive measures against frozen pipes which can cause costly water damage to your home or business. Pipes commonly at risk of freezing are those in unheated areas, such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. As water freezes, it expands and the pressure can cause the pipe to crack or burst. In addition to the damage to your plumbing system, you will also be faced with a flood in your home or business. If not properly remediated, water damage can also cause mold infestation which is a health hazard.

Below are some tips to help keep pipes from freezing in the cold winter months.

A good way to prevent pipes from freezing is by not lowering your thermostat at night; keep the temperature the same day and night in extreme cold weather. If there is a water supply line in your garage, always keep the doors closed. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. When weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet to prevent freezing, especially if the pipe is exposed.

If you suspect a frozen pipe, keep the faucet open. Once you locate the frozen pipe, apply heat by using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe or a hair dryer. Always make sure that that the heating pad or hair dryer does not come in contact with water. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. As the pipe is treated and the water begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Always check all faucets in your home to make sure the water is running, because if it is not, you might have additional frozen pipes. If one freezes, others might also freeze.

If you are traveling during the winter months for an extended period of time, one of the first things to do is make sure your heat is set to 55 degrees. Always have a neighbor check on your house to make sure the furnace is working and the heat remains at 55 degrees because if it goes below freezing, you run the risk of a broken pipe.

If you do experience a broken pipe, you must act quickly to prevent further water damage to your home or business. The first thing you must do is shut off the water immediately. Know where the water shut off valve is located and make sure all members of the household are aware of its location and how to shut it off.

If you experience water damage from a burst pipe, contact a local reputable water damage repair company right away. They can advise you on the proper steps to take to clean up and restore your home or business. Taking care of the problem right away can prevent the need for mold remediation later.