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Signs Your Water Lines or Pipes Need Re-Piping

Copper pipes arrayed in a circular pattern

<>The harsh water conditions in Central Florida are tough on water pipes. Over a period of time, the inside lining of the pipe will deteriorate and a small pinhole leak will develop. Sometimes the solution is to repair the damaged section of pipe and a spot repair is all that is necessary to solve the issue. Other times a more extensive solution is needed: re-piping.

The type of plumbing in your home is a determining factor in how long you can expect it to last. Brass and galvanized steel supply pipes typically last between 80-100 years, copper supply pipes 70-80 years. Cast-iron drain lines typically last 80-100 years and PVC typically lasts 25-40 years.

If you own an older home and are concerned that you may need re-piping the signs below are what you need to look for.

Telltale signs to look for:

  • Leaking pipes
  • Brown or yellow water
  • Exposed pipes showing signs of corrosion
  • Lead pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Noisy pipes
  • Water smells funny 

If you’re seeing any of these signs re-piping probably needs to be done soon. Call a professional plumber like us, to diagnose the problem.

At Michael’s Plumbing Orlando we are experts in re-piping. We’ve successfully re-piped thousands of Central Florida properties with minimal disruption, and want you to know that no job is too big or too little.

When re-piping, it is important to understand that there are many different types of pipes, each with different advantages and lifespans. When choosing a contractor to re-pipe your home, make sure to ask what pipes they offer and recommend for your job. Common options include:

  • Copper pipe- works well for ½”, ¾”, and 1” water supply lines going from the main water supply pipe to household sinks and toilets.
  • PEX tubing- is as reliable as copper but it is easier for plumbers to work with. It is freeze resistant and able to expand or contract if the water inside does freeze. PEX tubing is an extremely durable and flexible pipe that holds up to the harsh water conditions of Central Florida. We have found that PEX pipe is one of the best alternatives to the deteriorating copper water lines homeowners in our area have been experiencing.
  • PVC/CPVC pipe- is a common material used for household drainpipes, vents, and water lines. It’s a popular solution because of its durability against leaks and resistance to root intrusion. 

Feel free to contact us for more on re-piping your Central Florida home.

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