Butter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Whole House Repiping’

Why Are Frozen Pipes a Problem?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Butter Plumbing

We don’t normally think about frozen pipes here in North Las Vegas, NV, and certainly daytime temperatures never enter the danger zone. But our winter nights can be remarkably cold, and frozen pipes become a viable threat when the thermometer drops below freezing. Why are they a problem, what causes them, and how can you act to prevent them? We’ve included a few ideas to help you out and hopefully save you a lot of expense and bother in the process. (more…)

When You Should Consider Whole-House Repiping

Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

For many plumbing leaks and clogs, all you need to do is call a professional for plumbing repair to get the job done. But at some point in time, any plumbing system will age to the extent that replacing the pipes entirely is the safest way to protect your home from leaks and water damage. Of course, this shouldn’t happen for decades if you maintain your pipes and call a plumber at the first sign of problems. Whole-house repiping is often a last resort, but if you’re wondering whether it’s time for replacement, here are some of the signs that repairs may not do the trick.

Old Age

If you have older pipes made of galvanized steel, whole-house repiping is simply the best way to protect your potable water supply and keep leaks and clogs from leading to major repairs. Today, most pipes are made from either copper or plastic. But some older homes have pipes made from galvanized steel, which means your plumbing is at risk of developing rust, corrosion, and even picking up contaminants such as lead.

Too Many Leaks

A couple of leaks here and there may simply mean you need repairs or that you need to replace one section of your piping. But if you’ve had to repair many leaks over the years, it may mean your plumbing system is failing. Ultimately, repiping will be a better option than replacing corroded pipes bit by bit.

Mineral Deposits

Minerals may build up in your pipes over time if you have particularly hard water. Hard water is a condition in which the water supply has a high concentration of calcium and magnesium. These minerals may cause a number of problems for the appliances in your home, including a white or yellow-green buildup around fixtures like faucets and showerheads. While this is an indication of hard water, you probably don’t need whole-house repiping unless you’ve noticed significantly reduced water pressure throughout your home. If this is the case, you may need to install brand new pipes, as well as a water softener to prevent this problem in the future.

For whole-house repiping and information about other plumbing services in Las Vegas, NV call the experts at Butter Plumbing today!