Pipe Age, Pipe Materials: When You Need New Pipes

Monday, December 9th, 2019

PVC-pipesDo you know that historians have extensive information about the plumbing system of Ancient Rome? The Romans were masters of civic engineering, and much of their original plumbing system to carry fresh water into the city and remove it through massive sewer systems still stands today. We even know they used lead pipes as long ago as 200 BC thanks to archaeological digs that turned up large amounts of lead in the soil.

These amazing facts should not deceive you into believing plumbing is as immortal as the Immortal City. The structures of sewers and aqueducts may survive, but pipes have a limited life. Those archaeologists found lead dust, after all, not fully formed lead pipes.

Let’s keep that in mind as we look at the materials that make up the much less ancient plumbing system of your home and when you need to put in new pipes. (more…)

How Corrosion Can Occur in Your Pipes

Monday, June 24th, 2019

corroded-pipesCorrosion is one of the worst enemies a home’s plumbing system can face. The word corrosion comes from the Latin word “to chew,” and it’s appropriate. Corrosion chews into the metal of pipes and eats it away. The metal weakens to the point where leaks begin, breaks occur, and eventually, the pipes fail completely. Corrosion in freshwater pipes can also lead to toxins entering the water.

Advances in piping materials have made corrosion less of a problem than it once was, but it is still a major issue you might have to deal with in your home’s plumbing in Sun City, AZ at some point. If you live in a house with old plumbing pipes (earlier than 1970), the chance of corrosion is even higher. (more…)

3 Common Repiping Questions Answered

Monday, February 4th, 2019

corroded-pipesRepiping is simply the act of replacing pipes in your plumbing system. When and how you should repipe a home are often the parts that most confuse people, however. In today’s post, we’ll go over three of the most common questions regarding repiping.

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