Repiping & Burst Pipe Repair
Professional Pipe Repair Services
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Repiping Repair & Replacement
Do you live in an older home with galvanized steel or polybutylene pipes still in place? These types of pipes deteriorate over time and become unsafe to have on your property. Contact your local Chattanooga repiping experts at Metro Plumbing for immediate replacement. We can recommend the ideal pipe material and install it for you without any stress on your part.
What are signs you need to repipe your home?
Aside from having older pipe materials in place, there are other signs that it’s time to contact your plumber for repiping services.
- Tinted water: If there are reddish tints in your water supply, there is rust in the pipes.
- Low water pressure: This is caused by corrosion in the pipes, or tree roots that have grown into and damaged your sewer line. If the damage is severe, we will need to replace the pipes.
- General wear and tear: Most homes require repiping every 15-20 years. This is simply because pipes wear down over time. If you are noticing problems with water flow or discolored water, contact us for an inspection. We will determine if repiping is the solution.
Why do galvanized steel pipes need to be replaced?
Galvanized steel pipes are most common in older homes. They used to be the standard in piping until the 1970s. As modern homeowners are now realizing, galvanized steel pipes are usually in desperate need of replacement. They easily clog as scale deposits build up inside the pipes, which eventually reduce your water flow to a trickle.
Replacing deteriorating galvanized steel pipes with a more reliable material, such as copper or PEX pipes, will help preserve the efficiency of your plumbing system.
What causes polybutylene pipes to fail?
Polybutylene pipes were also one of the most common types of piping installed in American homes, but by 1995 they were almost entirely off the market. The reason? They failed too easily. The public water supply contains oxidants that react negatively with the polybutylene pipes, weakening the pipes and their fixtures and ultimately making them brittle. So brittle, in fact, that they easily break and result in water leaks.
If your home was built anywhere from 1970 to 2000, you may have polybutylene pipes installed. The possibility is likely if you are noticing problems such as reduced water pressure and rust in the water. Contact us to inspect the pipes and carry out the repiping process.
What are the benefits of copper and PEX?
Copper and PEX pipes are popular choices among modern homeowners. Each type offers distinct benefits.
Copper pipes are of great value if you are looking for long-term reliability:
- Overall value: Copper pipes are more durable than other materials. They are less prone to leaks and breaks.
- Safety: Copper pipes do not use solvent-based adhesives, nor do they support combustion (if there is a fire, it will not emit toxic gases). Bacteria and other contaminants are also less likely to grow in copper pipes, keeping your sewer and water lines cleaner.
- Strength: Copper can withstand extreme heat and cold. It can take an immense amount of pressure and still remain intact. This makes it a safe choice for most homes.
PEX pipes are relatively new, but they offer excellent advantages:
- Durability: PEX pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years. They are able to resist bursting from freezing weather and can work to carry both hot and cold water.
- Fast installation: There is no soldering required (compared to copper pipes), so installation is a much quicker process.
- Flexibility: PEX pipes are flexible and easier to bend and maneuver than other pipes. This makes it easier to push them through walls if you are remodeling your home.
Not sure which material is best for you? If your home needs repiping, we will handle everything from helping you choose the most cost-effective pipe material, to installing, to long-term maintenance.
Burst Pipe Repair
A burst pipe is a significant plumbing emergency! Seek immediate repair from your local Chattanooga burst pipe repair experts at Metro Plumbing. We provide 24-hour emergency repair service so you don’t have to wait to get the problem under control.
What causes burst pipes?
Burst pipes are common during the winter. Water expands as it freezes. This places pressure on the pipe, causing it to burst. Even a pipe strong enough to endure occasional stress caused by frozen water will gradually weaken and potentially burst.
Outdoor pipes that are exposed to the elements are more vulnerable to damage. Older pipes with cracks or breaks are also prone to bursting easily during freezing weather.
What are professional solutions?
We will inspect the affected pipe and assess the damage. This allows us to determine if repair or replacement is the best option. Minimal damage may require only a small section to be replaced. A severely damaged pipe will need a full replacement.
Any frozen pipes we see will be thawed. The section of pipe that is split will be cut and removed. It will be replaced with a short copper pipe that is soldered inside; in some cases, a repair coupling will be attached instead. After the repair or replacement is complete, we will test the results to ensure the new pipe runs properly.
How can you avoid a burst pipe?
The most vulnerable pipes are those located in outside walls, crawl spaces, and attics. Water pipes near these areas are at greater risk of freezing. To prevent them from bursting, make sure they are well-insulated.
Any holes and cracks in the house that are in close contact with pipes should be sealed. Cold air from the outside contributes heavily to frozen pipes. If a pipe begins to freeze, pressure between the ice patch and water supply can be released by turning on your faucets so that a small amount of water trickles through the pipes, which can help prevent them from bursting.
Make sure to properly winterize your home. Outdoor faucets should be drained. Keep garage doors that are near water supply lines closed. Preparing your home for the cold weather ahead will help prevent plumbing emergencies and unexpected problems.
Metro Plumbing is committed to providing honest, affordable, and professional solutions to burst pipe emergencies. When you choose us for the job, you always receive gimmick-free Upfront Pricing and Guaranteed Satisfaction.