Anyone owning a home has know the displeasure of finding water leaks. Although they are relatively unpleasant as a homeowner to deal with they are fairly easy for an experienced plumber to fix. There are however exceptions to these easy fixes, and a large part of them belong to both polybutylene and galvanized steel water piping.
Polybutylene Pipe Replacement
This type of piping is a form of plastic pipe which was used from 1978 until 1995. At that time polybutylene was considered to be the future of water system piping. It was cheaper and much less labor was used for installation than traditional copper piping resulting in considerable savings to the homeowner.
Come to find out scientists believe the problem with polybutylene piping is oxidants contained in our water system such as chlorination, makes the polybutylene brittle. When this occurs the pipes develop fine cracks and loose their structural integrity causing failure.
Repairs to this type of pipe system should only be made on a temporary and emergency basis. This leak is an indication of more leaks to come. To fully correct the problem is have the home completely re-piped.
Galvanized Steel Pipe Replacement
This type of piping is iron pipe with galvanized coating applied to it. This type of piping system was commonly used prior to plastic water systems. The problem with galvanized pipe is, even thought it is coated it is still steel pipe with water running through it. We all know what happens when steel and water get together, rust. Eventually the pipes are going to deteriorate and leaks will start to occur.
The problem with repairing steel pipe is once a leak is detected chances are the pipe is deteriorate and no longer structurally sound. To repair the deteriorated section it will need to be cut out and removed by re-threading new pipe to the existing pipe. If the pip in no longer structurally sound, using a pip wrench in the repaired area can cause more leaks requiring more repairs.
Additional problems which may occur are rust stains to your sink and rust tasting water coming out of your faucet. Water flow may also decrease due to build up in your pipes. Rust may also break loose and clog faucet aerators and may damage valves in other fixtures inside your house.
Water System Re-piping
Unfortunately a complete water re-piping is not cheap, it is however cheaper than having a pipe burst and having to replace drywall, flooring, carpeting or wood flooring. Mold and mildew is another concern which will need to be addressed due to leaking or damaged pipes. Even in extreme cases, structural repairs to the house may be needed.
The most important thing to remember is, if you suspect a problem with your Polybutylene or galvanize steel pipes, don't wait, call Tankless Water Heater San Diego now so we can give you an honest evaluation of your situation and you can make an informed decision of your best course of action to take.