Piping & Repiping

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How often do you think about your pipes? For most of us, the answer to this question is “not a lot.” Our pipes are responsible for moving water through our home’s plumbing system. Starting from the main water line that connects your home to the municipal source to your sewer line, your plumbing system is a collection of piping. While your pipes are designed to last for years, and even decades, they are susceptible to wear and tear. If you are having trouble with your plumbing system, such as chronic leaks and weak water pressure, the problem may be with your piping. At Joseph Giannone Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, we specialize in piping and repiping. Our Philadelphia plumbers are thoroughly trained and highly skilled in repairing plumbing piping, installing new piping, and in whole-house repiping projects.

To learn more about our piping and repiping services in Philadelphia, contact us at (215) 375-7134.

Types of Plumbing Pipes

Not all plumbing pipes are made from the same materials. Once upon a time, pipes were made of materials like galvanized steel, cast iron, and even lead. However, modern plumbing technology has advanced, and you are more likely to see materials like PVC and copper.

Common Piping Materials Include:

  • ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
  • Chromed brass
  • Copper
  • Chromed copper
  • Galvanized iron
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride)
  • PEX (cross-linked polyethylene)

Many homes today feature a combination of the above piping materials. Your plumber will help you select the best piping materials for the application at hand. For example, copper or PEX piping might be best for water lines, while PVC or chromed brass may be better for your sewer line. Additionally, the location of the piping will dictate what materials are used. For example, because PEX piping is so flexible, it may be used extensively in tight spaces where there isn't much room to run your plumbing.

When to Repipe Your Home

The decision to repipe your home is an important one. Because this process can be expensive, it represents a significant investment in your home. You do not want to waste your money by performing this job too soon, but you also do not want to wait too long and pay for needless plumbing repairs. Our Philadelphia repiping plumbers can help you determine if now is a good time to repipe your home, or if you should wait.

Signs You Should Consider Re-Piping Your Home Include:

  • You are experiencing chronic leaks
  • The water pressure in your home is weak
  • Your home is more than 50 years old, and it has never been re-piped
  • The pipe system has extensive damage or corrosion
  • Your water is red, brown, or has sediment in it

Another reason to replace your piping is if your current plumbing is made from dangerous or substandard materials. For example, lead piping should be replaced. Additionally, if your home was built between 1978 and the mid-1990s, you may still have PB (polybutylene) piping. This material was widely used because it was inexpensive, but it is prone to bursting without warning. If you still have PB piping, you should replace it as soon as possible to avoid costly plumbing repairs, like floods.

What Causes Pipes to Freeze?

Typically pipes that are not insulated or are exposed to the colder temperatures, have the likelihood of freezing. When this happens the possibility of it then bursting is high, as the water within the pipe begins to expand. This expansion puts more pressure on the piping system, often causing it to rupture. While not all frozen pipes burst, it is important to bring in a plumber at the first sign of a problem, as they will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent any further damage. You can watch for some of the following plumbing problems, which may indicate that you are dealing with frozen pipes.

How to Know if Pipes are Frozen:

  • There is little to no water flowing from your home’s faucets and fixtures
  • There are visible signs of damage to the pipes, such as breaks or cracks from the increased pressure
  • There is a foul odor coming from your bathroom or kitchen sinks which may indicate that the pipes have frozen which can cause a serious obstruction in your drains or sewer
  • There are signs of a leak or other water damage, which may signal that the frozen pipe has fractured or even burst
  • There is the presence of frost or ice on the outside of the exposed pipes

There are steps you can take to prevent your piping system from freezing. However, once a pipe has frozen, be sure to consult with a professional piping expert in Philadelphia, as attempting to thaw or unfreeze the pipes on your own could result in a burst pipe or even further damage.

5-Star Plumbers Ready to Resolve Your Piping Needs

At Joseph Giannone Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, we value our relationship with our customers. When you come to us for piping or repiping, our plumbers in Philadelphia will provide you with their honest guidance. We never pressure our customers to buy products or perform services they do not need. All of our plumbers are trustworthy and have gone through rigorous background checks. As a company, we are committed to professionalism, and we always take care to lay down drop cloths and floor savers to protect your property. When you want to work with a reliable plumber, call us.

Are you considering repiping your Philadelphia home? Contact Joseph Giannone Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning at (215) 375-7134.

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