Most of your home pipes are located within walls and other structures, so it is easy to forget about them. Yet, just like all other aspects of your home, your pipes require regular maintenance and eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Tampa Plumbing Company takes a strategic approach to pipe replacement to ensure your plumbing system is problem free for years to come.
Contact us today to talk to a technician about our repipe plumbing services in Tampa. For plumbing emergencies, we are available 24/7. Call us at 813-402-8912
What is Meant by “Repipe”?
As the name implies, repipe services involve putting new piping in your home. Repipe services can be done through the entire home, or they can be done only in certain areas of the home, such as replacing exposed pipes or the most badly-damaged pipes.
The most common reason for doing a repipe is that corrosion has damaged the pipes. Unfortunately, the galvanized steel and iron pipes which were most commonly used in Tampa from the 1940s to the 1970s are not very durable. They react to the many chemicals which are found in the water supply, causing them to corrode. When corrosion occurs, you experience many problems like:
• Low water pressure
• Frequent clogs
• Pinhole leaks
• Burst pipes
• Discolored and bad-smelling water
It is advisable that you have your plumbing system inspected before moving in, and periodically inspected every 3-5 years, depending on its age and factors like whether you have many trees growing in your yard (which can damage sewer mains). Don’t wait until you experience serious problems like leaks and water damage before you take steps to replace your pipes. The cost of repipe services may seem high, but it is better to have a repipe done before problems occur rather than pay for expensive damages later.
Are There Any Alternatives to Repipe Services?
If you are experiencing problems like corrosion and frequent leaks, then repipe plumbing services are advised. There are some alternatives to a home repipe though. One is to have your pipes cleaned with hydro jetting, as this can help prolong the life of your pipes by removing buildup which eats away at the pipes. For damaged pipes, it may be possible to repair the damaged area using epoxy. The repaired area will be strong and resistant to corrosion. However, it is rare that the problem will be confined to one small area; the rest of the piping will probably also be corroded and damaged too. So, it is probable that you will experience plumbing problems in the very near future as other areas of the old piping develop leaks and cracks.
How Repipe Plumbing Is Performed
Repipe plumbing is much faster and cheaper than many homeowners realize. Thanks to modern materials and methods, it is possible to perform an entire home repipe in just one day. To access pipes, holes will need to be cut in walls. However, these holes can usually be made in areas which you won’t notice, like behind vanities or cabinets. The licensed plumbers at Tampa Plumbing Company always take care to minimize damage to your home and avoid cutting into areas which will be difficult to repair, such as tile walls.
It is incredibly important that you choose an experience plumbing company for repipe services. Inexperienced plumbers may be cheaper, but they can end up costing much more due to all of the damages they cause to your home. When you choose Tampa Plumbing Company, you have the peace of mind knowing that experienced plumbers are doing your repipe and that we will leave your home clean and tidy.
Materials for Repipe Plumbing
There are 3 main materials which are used for repipe plumbing: PVC, Copper, and PEX tubing. Most cheap plumbing companies will recommend PVC. We do not advise using PVC for a home repipe for numerous reasons. The first is that PVC is not very strong. It should definitely never be used in an area where freezing occurs, so many people think it is okay to use in a Tampa repipe. However, PVC will still get brittle with age, meaning you can expect to have leaks and plumbing problems in the next decade or so. The only real advantage of PVC for a repipe is that it is a very cheap material.
Copper piping is very strong and durable, and can even add style to your home if you have exposed pipes. Copper used to be the industry standard for repipe services, but it is going out of favor. The major reason it is no longer popular is because it is so expensive. Since copper pipe requires many joints to be soldered, it is more time consuming to install and thus more expensive to install. To install copper piping, it is usually necessary to cut up entire walls, which means expensive repair and remodeling after installation. Aside from cost factors, another reason not to go with copper piping is that it is reactive to certain chemicals in water. While copper tends to have a very long warranty, it can still succumb to corrosion.
PEX tubing is advised for more home repipe services in Tampa. The tubing is cheap, but is very durable and can last longer than a lifetime. It does not react and corrode like copper or old galvanized steel pipes do. Another benefit of PEX tubing is that it easy to install, and experienced plumbers can even do an entire home repipe with PEX in one day without causing much damage to walls.
You Can Trust Us for Repipe Services in Tampa
Our Tampa plumbers have decades of experience and have performed thousands of home and business repipe services. They are highly trained to diagnosis plumbing problems and determine the best solution for your needs. PEX tubing is still relatively new and not all plumbers have experience working with the material. Don’t trust PEX installation to amateurs. When you choose Tampa Plumbing Company, you can rest assured that your pipes are in the expert hands of licensed, trained plumbers.
Contact us today to learn more about our repipe plumbing services in Tampa. For plumbing emergencies, we are available 24/7. Contact us at 813-402-8912 to speak to an expert technician.
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