2 Problems That Lead to Pipe Replacement

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Your plumbing system, be it the most intricate and most important system in your home, was designed to last quite a long time–which is definitely a good thing! However, there are a number of things that can lead to early pipe replacement, and we want to help you avoid them!

Below, we have listed two of the most common reasons why homeowners end up having to replace their pipes early and what you can do about it. That way, you can keep your plumbing in tip-top shape for years to come. Keep reading to find out more.

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How Long Should the Pipes in My Home Last?

Monday, August 13th, 2018

rusty-pipe-burstWe’re glad you’re asking this question, because it means you realize the pipes that make up your home’s plumbing system won’t last forever. Too often, people make the assumption that plumbing pipes are invincible, and they’ll never need replacements. This is untrue: the best pipe materials have great longevity, but none of them will last forever.

However, it’s a bit trickier to answer the question “How long will the pipes last?” because it depends on the kinds of pipes in your home and when your home was built. Let’s take a closer look at some of the different possibilities and what they mean for your future plumbing needs.

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How Copper Piping Overtook Other Types of Pipe Metals

Monday, July 16th, 2018

copper-tubesThere is a long history of different materials used for pipes in homes. Today, the most common metal used for indoor plumbing is copper. Copper started to take over for other metals in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had replaced such older materials as clay, cast iron, lead, and galvanized steel.

Why did copper become the pipe metal champion? It’s a combination of what’s wrong with those older pipes and what’s so right about copper.

The benefits of copper

Ask any professional plumber in Lake Mary, FL who does repiping work, and they can tell you about how easy copper is to work with. It’s a lightweight metal and cuts easily. For a homeowner, it has a number of other big advantages:

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What’s That Knocking Sound from My Pipes?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

water-waveA strange sound suddenly comes from your pipes—an odd and sometimes surprising knocking noise. Is your house haunted?

No … although plenty of people have jumped to this assumption since the invention of indoor plumbing. What you’re actually hearing is a phenomenon called water hammer. It’s a common occurrence, but it also indicates a problem in your plumbing you may need remedied by a professional plumber. Let’s take a closer look at the truth behind this ghostly occurrence…

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Do You Need to Schedule Water Testing?

Monday, December 4th, 2017

water-testing-at-sinkYou want to have clean water in your house for drinking and cooking, as well as to prevent issues with mineral build-up that can harm plumbing and appliances. The way to find out exactly what is affecting your water is to have specialists do water testing in your house. A week after the testing, you’ll receive a complete rundown on all the impurities and contaminants in the water supply so you can choose the right water treatment system to deal with them.

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Why Our Plumbers Favor Copper and CPVC Piping

Monday, April 24th, 2017

copper-piping-and-fixturesIn the first half of the 20th century, and in fact all the way up through the 1970s, the most common type of material used in fresh water pipes for homes and businesses was galvanized steel, lead, cast iron, and even clay. But the cost of these materials, the ease with which they broke and corroded over time, as well as the dangers they posed from allowing toxicity into drinking water, led to them being replaced with new materials by the 1980s: principally copper and various types of plastic such as PEX, PVC, and CPVC. These newer piping materials reduce costs, benefit the environment, last longer, and help keep drinking water safe for households.

When you call on our plumbers to replace pipes or to handle more extensive repiping services in Winter Springs, FL, they will use a variety of different materials to see that the best job gets done. And the two materials we favor the most are copper and CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride).

So why are these two the piping materials of choice? Let’s take a closer look.

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Copper Pipes Are Not Invincible! Pitting Corrosion and Pinhole Leaks

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The most common metal used for residential plumbing pipes today is copper, which replaced galvanized steel in the 1970s. Copper is a more durable material and lasts longer than steel, thanks to its corrosion-resistant properties.

However, it’s a mistake to think that your home’s copper pipes will simply last forever without running into repair problems. There is a specific issue that copper pipes sometimes have known as pitting corrosion, which can lead to insidious pinhole leaks.

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What Material Should I Use for My Pipe Replacements?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

You have concerns about aging pipes in your home, probably because plumbing troubles like leaks are becoming more common. It’s time to arrange to have the pipes replaced—either a few damaged pipes or all the pipes serving the house.

But what type of piping material should you choose to take the place of your older galvanized steel and iron pipes?

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3 Ways to Tell That You Need Whole-House Repiping

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Replacing all the pipes in a home is a major task, and probably the largest plumbing repair that an residence may require. But there are many cases where it is the best solution to numerous plumbing problems. If it is done right, it will ensure a plumbing system will work with few repair problems for many decades to come.

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How to Spot Corroding Pipes

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

One of the biggest threats to any plumbing system is corrosion. As pipes get old and rusty, they begin to degrade, and this corrosion could lead to a major leak on your property that would do some serious damage. Eventually, any pipes will need replacement, but it’s always best to replace the pipes before they corrode than to wait for a leak to flood your yard or damage your home. But what can you do to prevent this from happening? How can you tell when corrosion is near? We’ve created this guide to answer just those questions.

When you need quality plumbing services in Winter Park, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We offer pipe inspection and quality pipe replacement services with minimal damage to your property.

Signs of Corrosion

  • Water Discoloration – If your water begins to develop a yellowish color, a strange taste, or if you notice red flakes, these are all early signs of corrosion. Rusting inevitably leads to corrosion, and in general, the entire water line will need replacement in order to avoid the effects of corrosion.
  • Drop in Water Pressure – If your water pressure plummets, there may be a few different causes. However, when it affects multiple faucets in the home, it’s most likely a leak in the water line. This could indicate corrosion or another issue that requires prompt repair.
  • Old Age – One of the signs that your pipes are at risk of corrosion has to do with how old your pipes are. Galvanized pipes, which were common plumbing installations before the 1970s, begin to rust after a few decades, which is why today’s pipes are made of less-corrosive copper.
  • Visit from a Plumber – Not sure whether your pipes are at risk? Call a plumber for an inspection and maintenance visit today. With a plumbing maintenance visit, your plumber will inspect all of the most important components of your system, from the drain pipes to the water heater to the showerhead, make a few adjustments, and inform you of any trouble that needs repair.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for more information about pipe replacement and corrosion or to find out if your plumbing system in Winter Park is at risk.

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