Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Whole House Repiping’

Reasons Water Pressure in Your Home Is Low

Monday, October 21st, 2019

faucet-drippingLow water pressure may not feel like a major emergency. Not compared to having no water in your house at all. But low water pressure is a problem that few homeowners understand. It makes everyday tasks much more difficult, such as getting a decent shower or trying to hand-wash anything in the kitchen sink. Low water pressure may worsen over time, eventually leading to no water at all.

What lurks behind the low water pressure problem? Several possibilities exist, and we’re going to look at the most common. These apply to whole-house low water pressure situations, rather than pressure drops at individual taps, which usually indicates silt in the aerator.

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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 If you live in an older house, you may have outdated and aging pipes—could these create health risks for your household?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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