The best measure of a home’s plumbing is in the quality of the pipes. If there are corroded or poorly connected pipes, it can cause a large number of problems for homeowners. Bad pipes often lead to damage and impact water consumption and efficiency.
The technicians at Dutch Enterprises offer repipe services to homes across the Cape Girardeau, MO area. When you call us for service, we’ll send out a crew member to inspect your water pipes and determine whether or not you need full or partial repiping.
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Clues You Need Repipe Services
If you’re not sure about the state of your home’s water pipes, there are several signs that might indicate you’re due for repipe services. By learning to recognize these signs, you could help put an end to any damage caused. Here’s what to look out for:
- Any noticeable foul odor to the water
- Changes in the color of your water
- Water leaks and burst pipes occur frequently
- A noticeable drop in water pressure
- Water consumption in your home has risen
In many cases these problems require minor repairs to fix, but if they’re left alone for too long the result could be devastating. Contact a repiping company to conduct an inspection of your home’s water pipes to diagnose any issues and determine whether or not hiring repipe services is in your best interests.
Different Kinds of Piping Available
Over the years there have been many different types of materials used for water pipes, but only two remain in good standing. Copper and PEX are both safe and effective materials for creating pipes, but for different reasons. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between them:
Copper has been the long-time industry standard. It’s makes sturdy joints and has a long lifetime. The big drawback when it comes to copper pipes, however, is the price of installation is much higher than PEX.
Also known as cross-linked polyethylene, this flexible material makes installation easy. It’s also not as likely to freeze and burst during cold weather while being resistant to acidic compounds. The downside of PEX, however, is it can’t be connected directly to a water heater and it becomes damaged under ultraviolet light, meaning it can’t be placed outdoors.
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