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The Benefits Of Refitting Your Home With Copper Pipe

By Don Giladi

Many homeowners spend very little time thinking about the plumbing in their home, at least until something goes wrong with it. Oftentimes, small problems like not enough water pressure, odd-tasting water, or a clog or drain backup are what triggers the alarm bells that something may not be right with the plumbing. Plumbing pipes consist of two types of pipes – water lines and drain lines. Many times problems occur in the drain lines but just as often, problems occur because of the water lines. The most common type of piping used in homes today is copper pipe but years ago when your home was built, that might not have been the case.

Most older homes contain galvanized steel pipes which unfortunately are no longer practical for homes. Homes that are over 100 years old may actually contain older steel or iron pipes that are not galvanized or coated with zinc. While galvanized pipes may still be ideal for some applications, like sewage plumbing or farm irrigation, they can cause significant problems within a home.

The two primary disadvantages of galvanized pipes are their durability and safety. Galvanized pipes corrode quickly, with an average life span of about 40 years. Additionally, mineral deposits build up inside the water line and can affect the taste of water and water flow. This results in poor water pressure and increases the potential of damaging leaks along the water line hidden somewhere within the walls. The mineral deposit buildup affects the taste of water and often its color which can actually be toxic. Along with these mineral deposits, galvanized pipes also contain lead and therefore produce not only bad-tasting water but unsafe water.

The best solution to ward off these problems is to refit your home with copper piping. Copper piping adds an increased value to the home over PVC piping; it is also far safer than galvanized pipe. Additionally, copper piping and its fittings are smaller and less obtrusive. Copper is naturally biostatic which means copper pipes will actually inhibit the growth of bacteria, resulting in safer drinking water. They also have minimal mineral buildup and are fire resistant.

Since you can’t see most of the pipes in your home, your only clue to a problem is where the water comes out. If you experience water pressure problems that make it impossible to run multiple faucets at once – like washing dishes and doing laundry at the same time – or the water temperature in the shower is inconsistent, you might need to replace your pipes. Similarly, if you notice a strange color or taste to your water, have to run the water for a few minutes to obtain clear water, or simply have water that doesn’t look, taste, or smell right, it could be the result of rust and other mineral buildup in your pipes. Rust buildup is serious and can actually poison your water, damage your clothes, and is bad for hair, skin, and teeth.

By refitting your home with copper pipes, you can eliminate all of these problems. Your water will taste better, you will notice an increase in water pressure, your hot water heater will perform more efficiently, and you will be able to eliminate premature failure of plumbing and plumbing fixtures. You may also avoid costly repairs later if your pipes should corrode and leak, causing structural damage to your home.

While refitting your home with copper pipe may be a costly initial investment, it can actually help save you money in the long run. You can eliminate undetected leaks that increase your water bill and help your water heater, dishwasher, ice maker, and washing machine run more efficiently, thereby increasing their lifespans. You’ll also save money on bottled drinking water. Most importantly, you could be improving your health by eliminating the toxins produced in old pipes.

With so many advantages to copper piping, it’s easy to see why copper pipe is so widely used in new home construction today. If you have a home with older pipes, have experienced problems with water pressure, or are uncertain about the taste and quality of your water, it may be time to consult a plumbing contractor. An experienced plumbing contractor can help you determine the type and condition of your current pipes, as well as if you could benefit from having your home refitted. Avoid contractors who offer to refit some pipes in an effort to save you money and win the bid. Fitting copper pipe with galvanized pipe can cause an adverse chemical reaction that is bad for you and your home. Refitting your home with a continuous piping material is the best solution in the long run, and using copper pipe has the greatest advantage over all.

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