Bloomington, Normal, and towns in the surrounding areas host beautiful, old, historic homes. However, sometimes the plumbing in these homes is equally old and desperately needs updating. Platinum Plumbing is the area’s only 5-star rated plumber and the only one you should call when you need a trusted repipe contractor. We handle issues as minor as leaking pipes to complete sewer replacements. Big or small, there’s no job we can’t handle.
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Benefits of a Home Repipe
It seems like home improvement is a never-ending job. Whether you’re keeping up on routine maintenance like cleaning your drains and flushing out the water heater, there’s always something you can do to beautify your home and make it last longer. One of the most significant things you can do to get better performance and add value to your home is replacing your old pipes. If you’re put off by the thought of hiring a repipe contractor, consider the following benefits.
- Cleaner, Safer Water
Did you know that repiping provides cleaner and safer water and improves efficiency, which saves you money? If your home was built in the 1970s or before, chances are the pipes are made from galvanized steel or lead. With age, and the chemicals many homeowners use to clean their drains, these materials are now breaking down, causing particles to get into your water supply. By replacing your pipes, you get cleaner, healthier water.
- Saves Money
Another advantage to replacing your old pipes is that better water increases the lifespan of your appliances and fixtures, which means you don’t have to replace or repair them as often. Also, new pipes mean fewer leaks, which saves money on repairs and wasted water.
- Fixes Water Pressure & Discoloration
Your home’s water pressure is affected by various factors, such as if you have multiple areas of the house using water at the same time. Also, if there are issues with the city’s supply, you may experience a drop in water pressure. However, if none of these things is the issue, it could be a problem with your plumbing, causing the reduction in water pressure. When pipes corrode and flake, they eventually leak, which lowers water pressure and can cause discolored water to come out of the tap. So, if you notice a reduction in water pressure or water that’s rust-colored or cloudy, don’t ignore the problem and hope it fixes itself.
- Protection Against Leaks
Too many Bloomington homeowners wait until something goes wrong before they replace their pipes, but this isn’t the best strategy because it’s better and cheaper to make changes before a disaster rather than after. If your plumbing is old, it’s wise to replace it now even if it hasn’t yet given you any problems because eventually, these old pipes will fail, and you may have significant water damage to contend with.
- Adds Value
One of the best ways to increase the value of your home should you decide to sell it is to install new plumbing. Potential buyers will love the fact that they don’t have to worry about the plumbing, and it may be the one thing that makes them sign the contract.
For more information about a home repipe, call Platinum Plumbing to schedule a consultation.
Types of Pipes Used for Repiping
Your repipe contractor will decide which material is best for a given situation when repiping your home; however, here are the most common materials you’ll find when conducting a whole-home repipe.
Copper is a lightweight, eco-friendly material that isn’t affected by corrosion, which means they last for many years.
Pex (Crosslinked Polyethylene Tubing) is a relatively new material that is perfect for those on a budget. Like copper, PEX piping doesn’t corrode, but it is highly flexible and withstands extreme temperatures, unlike copper.
If you’re still on the fence about repiping your home, call Platinum Plumbing today to find out how your home and family can benefit from this service.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Home’s Pipes
It’s not uncommon to experience occasional plumbing problems –– it’s a normal part of owning a home. Sometimes it’s a small leak or a clog that you must deal with, which isn’t difficult or expensive. However, if you notice that your plumbing issues are becoming more frequent and more costly to repair, replacing your aging pipes with new ones could be time.
Here are the most common signs that you need new pipes.
- Water Leaks
Water leaks aren’t always easy to pinpoint, especially if the pipe is hidden in a wall or underneath a floor. By the time you notice leaks from hidden pipes, the damage can be substantial. Frequent leaks in your home’s plumbing mean that the pipes are probably worn out and require replacing.
- Frequent Clogs
Another sign that your home may be due for some repiping is if you experience frequent clogs or slow drains. While an occasional clog is typical through everyday usage, aging pipes are often so weak that they can’t handle thick, two-ply toilet paper or other materials. If you find that you’re constantly repairing clogged drains, call a repipe contractor to determine if repiping is the answer.
- Discolored Water
Do you have red, brown, or yellow water coming out of the faucets in the kitchen or bathroom? If so, it usually means that rust or sediment has built up in the pipes, and the only way to solve the problem is by replacing your old pipes with new materials.
- Low Water Pressure
While various issues can cause low water pressure, sometimes the problem lies within your pipes. As pipes age, they become filled with sediment and begin to corrode. When these things happen, it makes it more difficult for water to pass through the pipe, and you experience a reduction in water pressure. In extreme cases, this corrosion can lead to the pipe failing and you having a flood to contend with.