At Cal’s Plumbing, we offer repiping and pipe leak repair services for all Tucson area homes and businesses. Depending on the condition of your pipes, our trained and licensed plumbing experts will recommend specific services to suit your needs.
Once we perform the inspection, we will be able to determine if repiping or repairs are needed. Using only high-quality materials, either copper or PEX (depending on your preference), we will get your pipes up and running in no time.
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Like anything used heavily and consistently for extended periods of time, eventually the piping system in your Arizona 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.
Common Signs You Need a Repipe or Repair
The following are common signs indicating a repipe is necessary:
- Continually needing repairs with your existing system
- Unusual colored or tasting water coming from your fixtures
- Decreased water pressure
- Old and aging system
- Limescale corrosion
- Cracks caused by frozen pipes
Older Tucson Homes
Many older Tucson homes were built using galvanized pipes that can corrode after many years or be sped up with small undetected slab leaks. These pipes can be deceiving as their outsides may look nice since the outside never touches water.
However, the inside of the pipes can be clogged with rust that slows down your Arizona 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 additionally 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’s 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 10 million homes and businesses throughout the United States including the Tucson area 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 Arizona home repipes eliminating costly damage to your home and property. A lot of local homes still have the piping installed without the homeowner’s knowledge.
Our certified Cal’s Plumbing 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 1970s through the 1990s with this type of pipe. We have repaired or replaced many polybutylene plumbing systems every year.
When Should You Repipe?
If your home has an older piping system, you may find yourself getting frustrated with constant leaks and repairs that become more frequent with the age of your pipes. If you’re finding yourself on the phone for a Cal’s Plumbing professional 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. 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.
What Is the Cost?
Here’s an article* to help you understand how the cost of repiping 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 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 few 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 number 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 number of stories in your home. The higher 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 [ultraviolet] 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 the pipe installation costs will be.
Overall, the cost of piping will depend on the size of your home and the materials your plumber chooses. Be 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.
Contact Us for Your Repiping and Pipe Repair Needs
Cal’s Plumbing’s repiping and pipe repair team has the experience and knowledge to help in your Tucson, AZ, home. Call us today at 520.622.2257 or request service online to discuss whatever repiping or repair needs you may have.