As a homeowner, seeing a pipe leaking or an area of moisture building through the drywall is one of the scariest things you can see. Leaks under a shower/bathtub, frozen pipes that thaw and burst, leaks by the HVAC system, leaks under the sink. We’ve seen them all. One thing above all-is that you need to get these issues fixed right away. If you leave something like this to chance and a catastrophe occurs, it’s possible your insurance will not cover it. Along with this, parts of your home and belongings could be destroyed. If you have something like this going on at your home or are looking to learn, this post will help by sharing the knowledge of our experienced team.
Water Lines and Why They Leak
Water line pipes can be made from a variety of materials. Cast Iron and Galvanized steel were popular in the early 1900s. They have a lifespan of an entire century but are eventually prone to rust and corrosion. Copper piping does not release dangerous materials into water. In addition, copper pipes are recyclable and are able to be installed outside. PVC or PEX plastic water lines also last around 50 years-but, not all plastic water lines are suitable for your home. Lastly-at one point unfortunately lead pipes were used. The city of Cincinnati stopped installing them in 1927. There are still 10’s of thousands of these in the public and private sectors. Outside of normal wear and tear, underground movement, failed mechanics and improper installation can also cause water lines to leak. Faucet, toilet, bath, and shower leaks are the most common.
When to be Concerned + Consequences of Leaving Undone
Anytime you notice a leak, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Hopefully, it’s something minor, but if it’s a bigger issue, the sooner you catch it the better. Even the smallest drips can create stains/damage to your walls, rust in plumbing fixtures, and more. You may start to notice a higher water bill or wet spot in your yard if your main water line, which is 5 feet underground, begins to have an issue. Keep an eye on your monthly water bill, always!
Repair and Replacement
BEST Plumbing can help you repair and replace water lines, whether it be a section or the entire line. A spot repair is usually up to about 10 ft and the material used for the repair is normally copper. We use copper due to the benefits of using copper water line:Copper pipes have been the proven standard of reliability for over 50 years. They are not prone to leaks, are extremely durable, stay fitted tightly, have a long life span and can be recycled, are resistant to heat, and won’t pollute your drinking water. The copper spot repair is connected to the existing by cutting out the faulty sections and with the use of copper and proper fittings, we connect the existing to the new. BEST Plumbing offers financing for any plumbing service over $500 https://www.bestplumbercincinnati.com/financing/
Who to Call and What to Do
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BEST Plumbing can repair or replace all water lines inside your home. We even excavate water lines outside your home with all repairs or replacements guaranteed to be completed to Ohio and local plumbing ordinances