Plumbing is one of the most important aspects of your home’s foundation, and it’s a major investment whether you’re remodeling or building a new construction project.
As you begin to notice problems from within your piping, it can be difficult to decide whether pipelining or repiping is the better option for you. So we’ve put together this guide to help you decide which option will work best for your home and your particular situation. Additionally, we will help you decide which is the right solution and help you to better understand and differentiate the two.
What Causes Galvanized Pipe Corrosion?
Most homes built in the 1970s or earlier, we’re fitted with galvanized metal pipes. While these pipes are sturdy, they, unfortunately, are more likely to corrode than their copper counterparts. Additionally, corrosion of your home’s plumbing isn’t just a major inconvenience; it is also a hazard to your health.
Galvanized metal, is just a simpler way of saying “zinc coated” and what causes galvanized pipes to corrode is the exposure to too much water and minerals. You might be thinking that it doesn’t make sense to use a pipe that reacts with water as your home’s main source of water transportation, and you would be correct. However, when most of these pipes were being installed, no one knew this was going to be the result. Luckily, there are a lot of other piping options nowadays including copper.
What is Repiping?
While pipe lining is a great option for most people, there are some circumstances where repiping is the only option. Repiping is the process of replacing old corroded pipes with durable and long-lasting new pipes. The new pipes that are used are usually made of copper because of their durability and other factors. Repiping is mostly done on old pipes that were built in the '70s and made out of galvanized metals.
By replacing the corroded and rusted galvanized metal pipe with new copper pipes, your home will have cleaner and better-tasting water. Repiping also ensures that water pressure is higher.
Signs that you might need to replace your piping include:
- The age of your plumbing
- Pipes that are constantly leaking
- Water is rusty or smelly
- Water pressure decreases
- Pipes are made of polybutylene
Epoxy Lining Vs. Repiping
An alternate to repiping services is pipe relining. This process involves coating Epoxy lining to the interiors of pipes to prevent leaks and corrosion within the line. The epoxy forms a barrier between the inside of the pipe and the material flowing through it. This repair method is more suitable for pipes that are not made from galvanized metals.
Epoxy lining solutions are noninvasive and can cost a fraction of repiping costs. At Atlas Plumbing, we use Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining (CIPP). This new technology can save enormous amounts of money on the cost of repiping and the damage it could potentially do to your home and surrounding areas.
Trust Atlas Plumbing for Quality Piping Solutions in the Las Vegas Valley
We will conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s pipes in order to determine which service will be the best fit. Whether you choose repiping or pipe lining it can be an intimidating decision and process, but we will be with you the entire way through.
If you are in the market for either a pipe lining service or a total repiping, then don’t hesitate to reach out to a local expert. At Atlas Plumbing, we are in the business of making customers for life. Experience, trust, and dedication make up the foundation of our business, and we strive to leave every one of our customers happy and comfortable in a home free of any plumbing worries.
For more information about the services we provide, call our office at (702) 819-7137 or fill out a contact form.