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Corroded Plumbing Pipes
Corrosion is a natural process. It happens when a metal gradually breaks down from environmental influences. Mineral deposits and high levels of chlorine can cause corrosion in the galvanized or copper pipes, and damage to plumbing fixtures.
The mineral deposits build up over time and react with our drinking water. This reaction can deteriorate the metal which causes thinning, cracks, and leaks.
While a single isolated pipe corrosion leak can be repaired, usually more leaks will follow. At this point a whole house plumbing repipe should be considered.
Pinhole leaks are primarily caused by age and corrosion due to mineral deposits that react with the drinking water and the metal pipes.
Water dripping or spraying in a wall can cause considerable damage and doesn’t always affect water pressure. Your only indication of a leak may be a spongy floor, a visually damp spot, or moldy drywall.
Once an issue is found and your home has old metal pipes, more leaks usually appear. If this is the case you may consider upgrading to newer types of non-metal piping solutions for the whole house.
A repair can often be made to a small portion of damaged piping. Occasionally, these repairs are in hard-to-reach areas, and can even be in the slab or foundation of the home.
Once the leaks start occurring it can be a constant problem. Additionally, corrosion and bursting pipes can create costly water damage repair bills, and ruin your personal property.
The older your pipes are the more likely you will experience leaks. Homes with problematic copper & galvanized pipe work may benefit from a complete or partial plumbing repipe.
PEX piping is flexible, resists scale and chlorine deposits, doesn’t corrode or develop pinhole leaks, is less labor intensive to install than metal or rigid plastic, and has fewer connections and fittings.
PEX Piping can make turns up to 90 degrees without the use of a coupling. It also comes in spools, so it can be installed on long runs avoiding the use of couplings.
With less connections you reduce the possibility of leaks in the future. Additionally, PEX Piping does not transfer heat as easily as copper piping, and is very durable.
PVC/CPVC Pipe is a common material used for household drainpipes, vents and water lines. These are found under kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and as a part of the sewer lines.
PVC/CPVC pipe is a popular solution because of its durability against leaks and resistance to root intrusion. Many homes have connections from the street to the house using PVC/CPVC piping.