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  1. How Long Do Pipes Last?

  2. How to Help Your Pipes Last Longer

  3. When to Get Repipe

  4. Researching Repiping? Call Us


Your plumbing system is an important part of your home to keep it functioning daily. Your piping should get regular check ups to make sure everything is efficient and in working order. And if you encounter any serious issues, you may not have thought about a house repipe since it's a major job, but the long-term benefits it offers can give you greater peace of mind. You don't have to be intimidated by the responsibilities that a house repiping entails because 1-800-Plumber +Air of Scottsdale has you covered.

How Long Do Pipes Last?

It depends on the type of pipes and how old your home is. The older your home, the greater the possibility of having corroded pipes or multiple types of plumbing pipes. This is because older homes have undergone a series of repiping repairs that involve replacing old pipes with new ones. While repiping should only be done by professionals, you still need to be aware of the average lifespan of your pipes so you will know when you should have them repiped. Be sure to contact us so we can get the job done the right way.


Copper Pipes


Copper pipes typically last up to 70 years, but pinhole leaks can reduce their lifespan.


PEX Pipes


PEX pipes are made of plastic or cross-linked polyethylene. They also come in a variety of colors including white, blue, and red. A PEX pipe can last up to 50 years.


PVC Pipes


PVC pipes are made of polyvinyl chloride and they're usually white in color and with letters PVC for easy identification. PVC pipes can serve you up to 100 years.


CPVC Pipes


CPVC or chlorinated polyvinyl-chloride pipes resemble PVC, but they are generally cream in color and will eventually become tan. CPVC pipes can last up to 75 years.


Galvanized Steel Pipes


This type of pipe is gray in color. You'll know it's a galvanized steel pipe if you hear a metallic clanging sound if you hit it with a screwdriver or coin. The life expectancy of a galvanized steel pipe is up to 50 years. These pipes can only be found in older homes. That is because, in the 1950s, galvanized steel pipes' internal zinc lining can make the pipes prone to rusting, causing them to wear out quickly. Corrosion can affect the quality of your drinking water.


Lead Pipes


Lead pipes no longer exist in new homes because they're an outdated plumbing material built in the 1930s. These pipes can last up to 50 years and because of the health problems caused by lead exposure, lead pipes are not used in plumbing systems anymore.


This type of pipe is usually a metal or gray color. You can identify a lead pipe by lightly scraping the pipe with a sharp object or a screwdriver so it will reveal a soft material and silver-white color.


Although lead and galvanized pipes are almost identical even when you do a scratch test, doing a magnet test will help you tell the difference. Galvanized steel attracts a magnet while lead pipes won't.

How to Help Your Pipes Last Longer


Plumbing pipes have a long lifespan, especially metal, galvanized steel, and lead pipes that can last for almost a century. However, these pipes are hardly used in construction. These days, PVC pipes are the most commonly used type of pipes. PVC pipes may not last as long as galvanized steel or metal pipes, but they are durable and not prone to corrosion.


The main problem with PVC pipes is the water pressure and if this trouble is left unaddressed, it can cause serious damage to your connections and plumbing systems. Nevertheless, keeping your plumbing pipes in good shape and extending their lifespan is not impossible. These best practices will keep your home's plumbing in good working condition.


Watch out for leaks: Leaks are an indication of cracked or damaged pipes. When leaks go undetected, they can cause a lot of water waste. You won't know the difference until your next water bill comes. Unfortunately, small leaks can go unnoticed until they turn into a bigger problem. Be sure to pay attention to some visible signs as they can indicate a hidden leak. Warped walls and mold growth are all signs of pipe leaks.


Address slow drainage problems: If you notice your bathtub or sink draining water slower than usual, you might be having a piping problem. A clog might be causing this plumbing issue because when the water passage is interrupted, it will create pressure on your plumbing pipes. If you have slow-moving drains, call 1-800-Plumber +Air of Scottsdale to get the problem sorted.


Observe your water pressure: When there is too much water pressure on your drains, it can cause your home's plumbing to wear down easily. If the water supply's pressure suddenly rises, the water pressure in your pipes will increase as well. The recommended PSI for your plumbing should only be under 85. Have your water pressure checked by a professional plumber at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Scottsdale. Installing a water pressure gauge will also help you monitor the pressure regularly.


Watch what you dump in the toilet: Toilets are only intended for flushing down human waste. Avoid flushing wrappers, wet wipes, tissues, diapers, or any food items or disposable materials because they can cause a clog that can shorten the lifespan of your drainage.


Don't use chemical cleaners: While chemical cleaners might be effective, they can be harsh to the internal linings of your drains. They can dissolve clogs, but they can also harm your plumbing system.


Practice regular plumbing maintenance: Pipes last longer if they're regularly maintained. Getting an annual check-up will help you identify early signs of plumbing issues and prevent costly repairs.

When to Repipe


A house repiping might not have crossed your mind but if you notice any of these symptoms, book an appointment with 1-800-Plumber +Air of Scottsdale to get the repiping done.


  • Low Water Pressure

  • Pipe Corrosion

  • Leaking Pipes

  • Rust-colored Water

  • Strange Sounds Coming from Pipes

  • Water smells or tastes poor

Researching Repiping? Call Us


If your piping systems are showing these signs, then you need 1-800-Plumber +Air of Scottsdale to inspect your house and evaluate the state of your plumbing system. Contact us so we can have your home's piping up to code and up to date through our house repipe services.


What can you expect to pay?

Typically, you can expect to invest between $4,000 - $15,000 to re-pipe your house. A number of factors depend on the following factors:

  • The number of plumbing fixtures
  • Type of piping
  • Size of house
  • Permitting requirements


Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures include bathrooms, tubs, sinks, and other appliances. Of course, when you have a higher number of appliances, the cost will likely rise. Additionally, the more square feet you have, the higher your investment will be. The piping will need to be long enough to cover your entire house.

Piping Type

Similarly, your re-pipe costs will be higher if you use expensive materials like copper piping instead of cheaper but equally durable options like PEX tubing. Rigid piping also routinely costs more to install than flexible PEX because it requires more removal of walls and floors, which increases labor costs.

For example, re-piping the same 1,500 square foot home would cost twice as much using copper pipes as it would if you selected PEX.

Permits

Local permitting requirements and costs can vary widely. Getting the right permits is essential, however.

Fortunately, when you hire plumbing and drain professionals like 1-800-PLUMBER +AIR in Scottsdale to handle your re-piping project, they will take care of all the permitting for you. This ensures that your project is done up to code, on time, and hassle-free.

Re-piping Your Home

When it comes time to re-pipe your home, don't get caught floundering. Call the experts at 1-800-PLUMBER +AIR in Scottsdale and let us answer all your questions about how much it cost to re-pipe a house and what type of piping you need.

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