Having a bad flapper on your stool can put a dent in your pocket. If a toilet is constantly running, it can waste up to 2 gallons of water per minute. This can get quite expensive over a long period of time. A silent leak alone on your toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water per month.
Domestic water leaks can actually fly under the radar and go undetected unless you know exactly what to look for. Did you know that having an unusually high water bill could be a sign of a water service leak? Or just noticing a soft spot on the lawn can raise a red flag and should be investigated. These types of leaks are the worst and can be hard to track down. Our team here at Inception will always get to the bottom of your service leak with a cost effective solution. Have Inception help today.
The standard material used for piping home water systems has changed a lot over the decades. The industry has came a long way by creating better quality and more cost effective products. Some of these new piping systems have worked well and some just didn’t make the cut. Below are a few that Inception recommends you have replaced. These materials not only have potential to leak, but can fail at any moment.
Galvanized steel piping was once the standard material of choice for home water systems back in the 1920’s. This type of piping is no longer used. These systems build up calcium deposits, which can restrict water flow and lead to lower water pressure. Over time, galvanized steel corrodes and rusts from the inside out, which can flake off into your water leaving it with a metallic taste. Galvanized steel has a life expectancy of 40 years until it should be replaced. Having hard water in your home usually speeds up the corrosion process. So, if you have galvanized piping in your home, be prepared for problems.
Another problematic type of piping used in homes is chlorinated polyvinyl chloride. Better known as CPVC, this yellow plastic material was once used heavily in residential construction during the 1980’s and 90’s. Although it is still an approved plumbing material used mainly for repairs, it is rarely accepted as the standard for homes today. Experience has shown that CPVC can become problematic overtime. CPVC requires room for thermal expansion and if not installed properly it can burst from tension leaving your home with extensive damage. Even when CPVC is installed correctly, the glue joints have potential to leak and the pipes can become brittle and crack at any time. Inception Plumbing always recommend for our customers to remove any CPVC material from their home. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and install a more safe and stable system. Here
is an informative video.
Polybutylene or Poly Pipe is another type of piping material you do not want to have in your home. This pipe was installed in the late 70’s up until the mid 90’s. Polybutylene is a grey pipe that is crimped together rather than using a sweat or glue joint. Problems can arise with the crimp, fitting or the pipe itself. Oxidants that are found in our water supply have been linked to Polybutylene failure causing them to deteriorate from the inside out. This makes it difficult to assess the true amount of damage the pipe has endured. Poly pipe has 10-15 years before it begins to deteriorate, but there is no real sign to warn us that the pipe is becoming brittle and might soon flood our home. Some insurance companies refuse policies for homes with known Poly Piping problems. Home inspectors can’t really give you a reliable assessment of the condition of your poly piping and will typically recommend that you find a licensed plumber to further look into your system. This can make things difficult for a homeowner trying to put their home on the market.