Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Repiping’

Are There Health Risks from Old Pipes?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

pipe-decayPeople are more concerned today than ever before about the quality of the water that comes to their homes. Municipal water goes through treatment plants to ensure that it is safe to drink, but it’s possible for water to pick up contaminants through ground water seepage on the way to a residential plumbing system. (This is how hardness usually starts in water.) There’s also a concern about old piping and how it can add toxicity to the water supply. You can’t do much about municipal pipes, but what about the pipes in your home? If you live in an older house, you may have outdated and aging pipes—could these create health risks for your household?

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Repiping: How Much Your Home Needs

Monday, July 16th, 2018

pipes-corrodedPlumbing pipes get old, like anything else in a home. But how fast a pipe gets old, and what happens to it as age starts to catch up to it, is different depending on the pipe material. Throughout the history of indoor plumbing, many different materials have been used to construct the freshwater and wastewater pipes for homes: clay, copper, lead, cast iron, brass, galvanized steel, copper, PVC plastic, PEX plastic, and CPVC plastic. Based on the age of your house, you may have a variety of pipe materials running through the walls, ceilings, and underground—and some of them made need to be repiped for newer material.

The big question: When you call on a plumber in Melrose, NM for repiping, how much repiping do you need?

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Why Copper and Plastic Pipes Are Popular with Plumbers

Monday, May 8th, 2017

plumbing-material-in-bathroomLong ago… and in some places not so long ago… the standard pipes used for the plumbing systems in homes were made from metals like cast iron, lead, and galvanized steel. In some places, even clay pipes were used for water and sewer lines.

But in the period after World War II, and speeding up after 1970, these piping materials were replaced with newer ones. Specifically, copper and different types of plastic such as CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) and PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) pipes. These are the types of pipes that we use almost exclusively today for working on your residential piping in Clovis, NM.

You don’t need to be more curious about copper and plastic pipes beyond knowing our licensed plumbers understand they’re the best for the jobs of repiping and plumbing repairs. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to know a bit more, so we’re going to go into detail about why these materials have become dominant in the plumbing industry.

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Do You Need to Replace Your Home’s Old Pipes?

Monday, February 13th, 2017

different-PVC-pipesWe are accustomed to thinking about the plumbing pipes in our home plumbing system as basically indestructible. Unless there’s some kind of catastrophic damage to the house itself, the pipes will work for as long as the house stands.

Of course, this isn’t true—no kind of metal or material that undergoes any sort of stress will last forever. But because most of the pipes in a house are hidden from sight, it’s simply easy not to think of them, and therefore not to think about them aging, corroded, or decaying.

However, if you live in an older home, you may have pipes that have reached the point where they need to be replaced with new material. This is a job called repiping, and it’s one that our professional plumbers can handle for you. Read over our guide below for when you may need new pipes, and then contact us for piping services in Clovis, NM.

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What Are Slab Leaks, And Why Do They Happen?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

water-leaking-from-broken-pipeWe handle many different plumbing jobs for homeowners (and businesses as well) in the Clovis area. One of our essential services is locating pipe leaks and repairing them. So much of the plumbing in a home is disguised behind walls and floors that even when a homeowner is aware that a leak exists, actually pinpointing its location so plumbers can reach it with little disruption to building material requires skill and special equipment. You can count on our plumbers to get leak detection done fast and right the first time.

There’s a special type of plumbing leak we want to focus on, because it presents special problems for detection and remedy. It’s called a slab leak.

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