What is copper repiping?
If your hot and cold water is not flowing like it used to, a copper re-pipe could be in your future. Copper repiping is simply the process of refitting the existing plumbing or pipes in your home or business.
The primary reason copper repiping may be necessary for you is because many older structures were fitted with galvanized pipes when they were constructed. As your galvanized pipes age, their zinc lining tends to erode, allowing rust to form and lead to a rusty or brown-colored water as well as low water pressure coming from your faucets. Once this process beings, the old galvanized pipes must replaced.
The benefits of copper repiping—chiefly it is lightweight, safe, and does not rust—outweigh other competitive piping products and can help you maintain the longevity of your home or business.
Do I need copper repiping?
If your home or business was constructed with galvanized piping, there are a few tell-tale signs that will let you know it’s time to replace your pipes.
- You notice a drop in water pressure – Regardless of the device—your faucet, tub, hose, or washing machine—if you begin to experience a consistent loss of water pressure, it may be attributed to the degradation of galvanized pipes.
- Your tap water seems discolored – Because galvanized pipes can begin to rust, that rust is passed through your water. Brown or rusty water is a clear indication it’s time to replace your pipes.
- You smell a foul odor from your faucets – If your water hasn’t changed colors but your faucets regularly smell, you should call the professionals at R. B. Travis to inspect your plumbing for rust and erosion.
- Your pipes are becoming more leaky – While leaky pipes don’t always mean your pipes need replacing, it’s best to contact R. B. Travis certified plumbers to inspect your piping to ensure it is still safe.