Re-piping is not something that homeowners think about often. In most Florida homes pipes are hidden from view behind walls and inside cabinets, and as long as nothing goes wrong we pay them no mind. So why would you need to re-pipe your home? That is exactly what you will find out by reading this article.
What is re-piping?
Re-piping is basically what it sounds like – replacing all the pipes in your entire home. Your pipes will be replaced with not only brand new pipes, but new pipes that will not rust or corrode. Having the pipes in your home replaced is a big decision, so it is important to be well informed of the reasons to re-pipe and the potential benefits.
So what are the signs?
- Your washing machine is filling up surprisingly slowly. This is usually due to low water pressure, and can be caused by a leak in your pipes that has formed due to corrosion or tree root intrusion.
- The stream of water from your showerhead is very weak, or becoming weaker as time goes on. This can also occur as a result of leaks in your pipes, and should be taken care of right away! Even if you don’t mind the weak stream coming from your showerhead, leaks can be very damaging to your home, and end up costing you more money.
- Your tap water has a funny smell, is a strange color, or has some other characteristic that doesn’t seem normal. This can not only be unpleasant, but also harmful to your health. If you notice this sign, call us right away.
One main factor that can indicate a need to re-pipe your home is age. The older your home is (15-20 years) the more likely it is that your home would need to be re-piped. There are two reasons for this. One is that corrosion is a natural process that happens over time – so the older your home is, the more time your pipes have had to rust and corrode from years of use. Second, is the materials used back when older homes were built were often more susceptible to corrosion, and therefore age faster than materials that are used today. CPVC is the most commonly used pipe today. We at Phillips Corp use only top grade materials in all homes we re-pipe.
Here are a few examples of what we use vs. our competition.
- Stainless steel burst proof supply tubes rather than plastic.
- Brass shut off valves vs. plastic.
- Flow Guard Gold CPVC vs. Pex.
- All threaded fitting are brass vs. plastic.
At Phillips Corp. we go the extra mile to make sure your home is taken care of. All floors and walkways are covered while work is in progress to ensure your floors are protected. Our professional technicians clean up the work areas daily when leaving your home.
Job specifications are gone over in detail with the homeowner before work is started; we want our clients to be knowledgeable of what is going on in their home.
Contact us today for a professional evaluation.