Repipe Your Property: Overview
Although you may not see it this way, plumbing is the most important part of your daily life. One of the biggest questions we get from commercial property owners, apartment community managers and homeowners is: “How do I know when to repipe my property?”.
When people think about repiping, they think about how expensive it will be. That may not always be the case. Fairly commonly, people who may need a repiping job only need a partial repiping. It’s more common to see full repipe jobs on older buildings. In some cases, your building may be telling you that it needs a repipe. Here are some things to look for:
The water says it all!
The best way to tell if your property needs a repipe is by looking at the water. The most common sign of repiping is discolored water. If your water is looking a little brown, then that is a sign that your pipes are starting to rust. Although rusty water is not a big health concern, according to Berkeley University, it does not taste pleasant at all.
If left untreated, rusty water can start to dye your laundry. One way to know if the rust is coming from your house as opposed to the city water is to test the hot water. If it only appears in hot water, then it is your pipes. Another way is if the rust clears after running for a little while. If the rust was coming from an outside source, then it would stay discolored.
Poor Water Pressure
If your water pressure is running a bit low, there is a problem with your plumbing system. When pipes start to corrode, it shrinks the clearance way. This means less water is flowing through your pipes; making your water pressure low.
For residential homes, PEX pipes are highly recommended. PEX pipes are inexpensive in comparison to copper pipes. The cross-linked polyethylene material makes PEX pies very flexible and less susceptible to corrosion. Ask your plumber about PEX pipes when you repipe your property.
Let’s face it because you have a leak in your pipes, it does not mean you need to do the full replacement. Leaks are caused by many different things; tree root intrusion, bad installation, or clogs. It is important to understand why your leaks are happening.
Sometimes leaks are due to old pipes that are beyond repair. We have received inquiries about hydro jetting services. In some cases, upon inspection prior to the service, we must let homeowners or property owners that we can not do the hydro jetting service. Older pipes’ integrity can be very low, and a hydro jet service can cause more damage than help.
If you are under suspicion that you may need to repipe your property, consult a plumbing professional. Scheduling an inspection will help you pinpoint where leaks are coming from. Video camera inspections can also help you find tree root intrusion, and give you a first-hand view of the corrosion going on in your pipes.
We are here to help.
At A-1 Septic Tank Service Inc. we know that plumbing problems can cause headaches to the tenants. That is why we offer complete repiping services. We have video camera inspections as well as free competitive quotes. Our repiping services is what drives our success in new septic tank installations as well a new grease trap installations. Give us a call for a free quote if you are looking to repipe your property.
We are a family-owned and operated business. For over 65 years we have been providing the greater San Francisco Bay Area with fast and dependable septic and non-hazardous pumping services. A-1 Septic Tank Service, Inc. is committed to always delivering a safe, quality service and has built its reputation on honesty and integrity. We are ready to take your call!