Plumbing Repair and Installation
Plumbing Repairs and Repipes
Technology is a great disrupter. Along with advances of materials and systems comes the need for change. Over time, outdated steel pipes force replacement due to failure of the material being subjected to water. Or perhaps a well-intentioned twist of a shutoff valve incurs the need to replace more than what you may have intended. Trust a Plumbing Solutions licensed plumber to account for potential failures before they multiply into catastrophes. We can fix the obvious broken plumbing and retrofit an existing system with entirely new pipes. There’s nothing like the peace of mind that a new plumbing system can afford.
Building a new home or office building? Working on a kitchen remodel? Maybe it’s the addition of a new basement bathroom. Sometimes our work is finished when it’s left unfinished. After installing the main connecting pipes for the plumbing, inspectors verify that all work is up to code. Once given the green light, we can either return to complete the plumbing or you can finish it off yourself.
Plumbing Systems Design
What’s the advantage of working with a licensed plumber? Where do we begin? A good place to start is putting pen to paper, so-to-speak. A properly designed plumbing system ensures that your new construction or remodel won’t get tied up in legal paperwork due to code infractions — saving costs, saving time. We can even account for future expansion of the potable system to combat any potential loss in pressure or keep from overloading the system if it’s a waste line. If you’re contemplating a new build or a remodel, schedule a time with us to put together a plumbing system just right for your needs.
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We take it for granted, but plumbing plays a vital role in health and sanitation. Made up of a system of related parts, plumbing is designed to carry potable water into our homes and businesses, then safely carry wastewater out, where it is collected and processed for disposal. The use of plumbing systems can be traced as far back as ancient Rome, where they used lead pipes to transport water from its source to cities and towns. We’ve learned a lot since then, but the basics remain the same.
Pipe Construction Today
Today, a variety of materials are used for delivery of potable water and removal of wastewater. With each material comes its own advantages and disadvantages:
- Steel may have “strength like bull” but steel pipes are susceptible to corrosion and the accumulation of mineral deposits. Corrosion and deposits build up within the pipe and eventually constrict the once-available free flow. Any work performed on older steel pipe systems can be challenging, as threaded unions can deteriorate.
- Copper use to be viewed as the “gold standard,” but if well water is the water source, there may exist high acidic levels. The inside of copper pipes can pit and begin to leach into your water supply. The tubing may develop pinholes over time. Tip: One telltale sign of water with high acidity is blue-green stains around the copper pipe fittings. Then there’s the issue of supply and demand. Copper is a mineral that has to be mined. There isn’t an infinite supply of the mineral, yet industries the world over continue to find new uses that benefit from its properties. With an increase in its use and no new sources of supply, cost becomes an issue.
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is incredibly forgiving, making for speedy installation. However, PVC pipes are bulky, restricting their use in tight spaces. Being a lighter material, they have a higher susceptibility to cracking if placed in an application where external pressure may be at risk. If you’re eco-conscious, this material may not be your first choice, as it contains trace compounds harmful to the environment.
- PEX (crosslinked polyethylene) tubing is a recent application in plumbing. PEX is more cost-effective than copper pipe and has been treated to retain its shape without breaking during hot and cold temperature variances and to resist degradation due to chemicals or certain types of water. As with PVC, PEX contains trace compounds harmful to the environment and is also susceptible to damage from exposure to UV. PEX is better suited for interior applications, as the material could take on contamination if used underground.