Water Pipe Replacement
Cal’s Plumbing Inc. is a re-pipe specialist in Tucson, AZ offering whole house repipe and repiping with the some of the best plumbing reviews around. When you need reliable repiping services in Tucson, Vail, Marana and surrounding areas make sure to call (520) 622-2257 to reach the experts at Cal’s Plumbing.
Like anything that is used heavily and consistently for extended periods of time, eventually the piping system in your home will begin to wear out and show signs of aging. If you’re lucky, these issues can manifest as small leaks, but can potentially burst pipes and cause major damage.
Older Tucson Homes
Many older Tucson, AZ homes were built using galvanized pipes that can corrode after many years or be sped up with small slab leaks undetected. These pipes can be deceiving as the outside of it may look nice since the outside never touches water. However, the inside of the pipes can be clogged with rust that slows down your home’s water pressure. This corrosion causes the pipes to become paper thin and easy to break. This can also lead to your home’s water supply having a foul smell. Galvanized and copper pipes can also develop leaks that can rot and cause damage to your home. Repiping is the process of replacing your older, rusty pipes with new ones that will help the pressure and quality of the water in your home.
Polybutylene Pipe Replacement Specialist
What is Polybutylene? It is a plastic resin used in the manufacture of plastic pipes and fittings from 1978 until 1995. During this time polybutylene was installed in up to ten million homes and businesses throughout the United States including Tucson, Vail, Oro Valley, Marana and more! The main problem with polybutylene is that it fails suddenly, without warning, and often fails catastrophically, causing your house to be buried in a pool of water leaving you hung out to dry.
Because this type of pipe was much cheaper and easier to install than other competing materials it was touted by many as being “the pipe of the future”. Its widespread popularity spanned nearly two decades, resulting in a recurring nightmare for countless households, businesses, and municipalities, both domestically and around the globe, but more importantly in the Tucson area.
At Cal’s Plumbing we have performed hundreds of home repipes eliminating costly damage to your home and property. A lot of local homes still have the piping installed with out the homeowners knowledge. Our certified Tucson plumbers are polybutylene pipe specialists. We specialize in the replacement of blue polybutylene pipe “blue poly” and grey polybutylene pipe water service piping and interior water distribution piping. Most Arizona homes were piped in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s with this type of pipe. We have repaired or replaced many polybutylene plumbing systems every year
When Should You Have Repiping Done?
If your home has an older piping system, you may find yourself getting frustrated with constant leaks and repairs that become more frequent as your pipes age. If you’re finding yourself on the phone for a Cal’s Plumbing technician more often than you’d like, repiping the problem area may be a more cost-effective solution.
Particularly in older homes, a problem area within your pipes can put additional strain on the rest of your plumbing system, and repiping the problem area can ease the strain on your system and help to stabilize it moving forward.
What is Repiping?
Repiping is the process of replacing your older, rusty pipes with new ones that will help the pressure and quality of the water in your home. Many older Tucson homes were built using galvanized pipes that can corrode after many years or sooner with small slab leaks undetected.
These pipes can be deceiving as the outside of them may look nice since the outside never touches water. However, the inside of these pipes can be clogged with rust that slows down your home’s water pressure. This corrosion causes the pipes to become paper thin and break easily. This can lead to unnecessarily high water bills, pipes leaking inside walls and ceilings, flooding, and also lead to your water supply having a foul smell and taste.
Here’s an article to help you understand how the cost of re-piping your home will be determined.
How much does it cost to repipe your home?
If you’re having problems like low water pressure, then it might be time to replace your pipes. Low water pressure can mean that there is corrosion in your current pipes, which could eventually mean holes or leaks that can cause much bigger problems. If you’re building a new home, adding to an existing structure or remodeling, then you might also be considering installing new piping. Figuring out the cost of piping can be tricky and somewhat intimidating for homeowners. The first step will be to find a reputable plumber to help you with your project. You’ll need an experienced plumber to help you determine which material will work and the best way to install piping with the current state of your home. Once you find a professional, then pipe installation costs will depend on a couple of factors.
The size of your home will affect the cost of piping because the larger the home, the more piping that will need to be installed. This also includes the amount of sinks, showers, bathtubs, toilets or anything that will need pipes that are in your home. Having a lot of appliances to set up will raise the pipe installation costs.
NUMBER OF STORIES
Another factor for the cost of piping is the amount of stories in your home. The higher that the plumber needs to work, then the higher the pipe installation costs. This will affect the labor costs to get piping up in the top parts of your home.
There are two materials most commonly used for home piping: copper and PEX. PEX is flexible plastic, which makes it easy to install. This is an especially good option if you’re replacing current piping because there might need to be fewer holes opened in walls for access since PEX can be snaked into walls. Other benefits are that the flexibility of this type of piping helps to prevent bursts and is not prone to corrosion. It also retains heat, which will conserve energy. Pipe installation costs will typically be lower with PEX. However, it cannot be recycled and allows for possible water contamination from the plastic, though the risks of that are not proven. PEX also cannot be used outdoors due to UV sensitivity. Copper piping is bacteria resistant, not UV-sensitive and can be recycled. It also performs well in natural disasters and doesn’t leach harmful chemicals or gases, making it a good environmental option. However, copper piping can burst and corrode, so that is something to consider depending on your location. Pipe installation costs will be higher with copper piping.
DEMOLISHING EXISTING PIPES
If you’re replacing your existing piping and not installing from scratch, then the amount of demolition required will definitely affect pipe installation costs. All of the factors mentioned above will help to determine the cost of piping if it requires demolition. The more walls that need to be cut, the higher pipe installation costs will be.
Overall, the cost of piping will depend on the size of your home and the materials your plumber chooses. Make sure to talk to at least three professionals to make sure you find someone who you can trust. He or she will be able to come up with a plan that will work for your location and your home.