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Old Pipes, More Problems: You May Need a Plumber for Water Repiping

PVC-pipesHow old is the plumbing in your house? Well, first let’s ask you a different question: How old is your house? If it was built before 1970, it may have pipes made from an outdated material that will start to give you problems in the not-too-distant future (if they haven’t already). And if the house was built before World War II, then it almost ­certainly needs replacements for its old pipes, probably whole-house repiping.

Repiping at any scale, from redoing a few drains in the bathroom to repiping an entire house, requires a professional plumber in East Brunswick, NJ. If you have reason to believe your home’s plumbing is in decline because of leaks, drops in water pressure, signs of corrosion, and constant clogs, speak to a licensed plumber to find out the repiping work you need done.

Out with the old …

In the first half of the twentieth century, a variety of materials were used for home plumbing. Galvanized steel and cast iron were the most common metals, while clay was used for sewer line piping. Although all these materials are durable in the short-term, they deteriorate over decades. Both galvanized steel and cast iron are susceptible to many different types of corrosion. After about fifty years, they’ll start to weaken from corrosion and may place toxins into the freshwater supply. We recommend replacing the iron, steel, and clay pipes in your home. This may not require entirely repiping the house, since newer materials may have already been used in some sections, such as the bathroom plumbing. A professional plumber can help you pinpoint exactly what work needs to be done.

… In with the new

What pipe materials have replaced lead, iron, and steel? Copper is the metal used in most modern plumbing. It’s lightweight, easy to work with, copes well with temperature changes, and is corrosion-resistant. (There are a few types of corrosion that can affect copper, but it will still last much longer than either steel or iron.)

Plastic piping has many applications in home plumbing. The two most popular kinds of plastic pipes are CPVC and PEX. Plastic piping is inexpensive, doesn’t corrode, and is easy to fit into tight spaces in a home. Plastic pipes are especially beneficial for hot water lines.

Whole-House Repiping

You may be concerned when you hear the words whole-house repiping. It sounds like a massive job. It is—but this is why you hire professional plumbers to do the work. Whole-house repiping takes a few days, depending on the size of the house, but plumbers with the skills and tools can make the work go smoothly and create as little disruption to your life as possible. And once the work is completed, you’ll see a huge improvement in your house: fewer clogs, no water damage, lower water bills. The new plumbing should be there doing its job for decades.

We’re the plumber to handle your repiping needs. After all, we’ve been in business in Staten Island for more than 90 years, and we’ve seen all kinds of plumbing problems, as well as all kinds of plumbing pipes.

Find out what repiping services you need: call Scaran. Serving Staten Island and its neighbors since 1930.

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