While it might seem like a big task to you, replacing the fresh water pipes in your home might be something you need to do. This task is needed when the plumbing pipes wear out, which naturally occurs over time, and you will benefit from this in several ways. Here are three main reasons you should consider replacing the fresh water pipes in your home.
Poor Water Pressure
If your home has poor water pressure, it could be due to a number of things, but a common cause of this is clogged pipes. Over time, your fresh water supply lines can accumulate minerals on them. If enough minerals stick to the pipes, it can cause a restriction in water flow. The solution for this is replacing all fresh water lines. New lines will be bigger, which will allow more water to freely flow.
When this project is completed, you may want to consider replacing all the lines and not just the ones that are easy to get to. If you replace only some of them, it will boost your water pressure; however, it can create another problem.
When your lines suddenly have more pressure in them, this extra water pressure may damage the old pipes you did not replace. This could cause the pipes to burst or develop leaks in them, simply because they are not used to this much water pressure.
Depending on what type of pipes you have in your home, there is a good chance they may already have leaks. While some of these leaks may be so small you do not realize they are there, others may be big. Big leaks are a huge problem, but small leaks can also cause issues, including:
Copper pipe was commonly used in homes and is still used, and this type of pipe tends to corrode over time. If you want to prevent or fix leaks in your home, you may have to replace all the fresh water lines. In addition, your old pipes might actually be contaminating your drinking water. If this is the case, you must replace them soon.
Pipes used in homes many years ago can be a cause of contamination, and one of the main types that cause contamination is lead pipes. Lead pipes were used in the early 1900s and can last a very long time, but they can leave lead in your water. At the time they were used, no one knew that lead was actually a type of poison.
Another type of pipe used in some homes is called polybutylene. These pipes may not cause harm to your drinking water, but they can break easily.
There are several types of pipes used today in new construction and for remodeling jobs, including plastic PVC piping and copper piping. Both types are considered safe, but there are other options too. If you are not sure which type to switch to, ask your plumber which type he recommends. He can explain your options to you.
Having new fresh water lines in your house can make a big difference in the quality of your water and the water pressure you have. If you're interested in learning more about the things discusses in this post, contact a plumbing company in your area to see what can be done about replacing pipes.Share
11 September 2015
Every summer, I agonized over energy bills that would shoot into the stratosphere as a result of my efforts to keep cool in the heat. Every time I turned the temperature down, my bills increased. This summer, I decided to take some of the control over my energy bill back. I installed reflective film on my windows that reduced the amount of light and heat coming into the house. I started serving more cold meals or asking my husband to barbecue outside, so that my air conditioner didn't have to compete with the hot stove, and I started doing laundry at night to reduce appliance heat in the house at peak times. I also had ceiling fans installed. So far, the difference in my bill has been tremendous. This blog is a way for me to explore other ways to reduce energy drain during the summer months.