Repiping and Water Pipe Repair in Chapel Hill, NC
Since the 1960’s, the most popular pipe material for new homes in the U.S. has been copper. This is because copper is quite a bit sturdier than most other materials when it comes to water exposure. It is rust resistant and can last up to a century under ideal circumstances. Unfortunately, there are a couple problems that can shorten that lifespan considerably. Even if the pipes live the full hundred years, they will have to be replaced sooner or later. If you have pipes fail in your home for whatever reason, don’t worry.
We offer a full range of re-piping services throughout Chapel Hill, NC. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.
PROBLEMS THAT CAN LEAD TO PIPE REPLACEMENT
There are a couple of different issues that can lead to pipe replacement. Let’s take a look at several of them:
- Formicary Corrosion: Formicary corrosion is caused by formaldehyde particles eating microscopic tunnels through the copper pipes. While it cannot be seen with the naked eye, formicary corrosion can severely weaken the pipes and make it easier for them to develop leaks.
- Pitted Corrosion: Pitted corrosion is the result of chlorine molecules interacting with the copper pipes. It tends to be focused on a small area of the pipe, which allows it to eat holes in the pipe. The leaks created by pitted corrosion, called “pinhole leaks,” can be repaired if caught early enough. If the corrosion is too widespread, though, it is easier to replace the affected section.
- Lime Scale Buildup: Limescale buildup is caused by long term hard water exposure. Hard water causes mineral deposits to form, eventually building into large limescale formations that restrict the flow of water through the pipe. If the buildup is not addressed early, they can harden and become irremovable. At that point, the pipe will need to be replaced to restore full function.
SIGNS THAT YOU MIGHT NEED YOUR PIPES REPLACED
There are a couple of signs that you need to have your pipes replaced. Here are a few of them:
- Drop in Water Pressure: A steady or sudden drop in water pressure is a sure indication of a problem with your water line. It could be that you have a leak or blockage in the line. Either way drops in water pressure are not a good sign for your pipes.
- Rising Water Bill: If your water bill is rising despite regular use, you more than likely have a leak somewhere in your system. Whether or not it’s a leak that requires replacement will require further investigation. Still, water bills that spike tend to indicate that you need at least one pipe replaced.
If you have any questions or need to have some pipes in your home replaced, call Bud Matthews Services today to schedule an appointment.