You use the water in your home for everything: dishes, showering, laundry, even water balloon fights. Do you ever think about all the different paths such water needs to travel before you can use it? The piping in your home is crucial to the quality of water you receive, and many people ignore warning signs which indicate it’s time to repipe for too long. Does your home need repiping, and if so, what kind of pipes would work best? Copper repiping is one of the best options for Las Vegas homeowners for a litany of reasons, and we want to help you figure out if it’s the right one for you.
Why Copper Piping?
Copper piping has been around for centuries, all the way back to Egyptian times. In fact, it’s outlived every other type of metal piping, for good reasons. Copper is naturally bacteria resistant, has a lifespan of over 70 years, can be used both indoors and outdoors, and is even recyclable. While a little bit more pricey than the alternative, PEX (plastic), it lasts up to three times longer, making it a worthy investment. In Las Vegas, freezing is almost never an issue but the heat certainly is, and copper holds up extremely well in warm temperatures. It’s a surefire way to keep your home flowing fresh water for years to come, but how do you know if you need copper repiping?
How to Know if You Need to Repipe
Your home will tell you when something’s wrong if you know how to listen. Quite literally, one of the warning signs of pipes going bad is loud noises. You should not hear banging, creaking, or groaning from your pipes. Most Las Vegas homes are built using cheaper PEX plumbing, meaning if your home is coming up to the 30-year mark, you’re about to have some trouble. Of course, piping can wear out before then if improperly installed, excessively strained, or made of cheap materials. Aside from loud noises, if you notice your water smelling funny, coming out any other color than clear, or having difficulty maintaining pressure your pipes are wearing down. A simple sniff check will give you an indication of their current status, and if you smell anything odd, call your plumber immediately for a test.
Contact a Plumber
If you’re noticing things like leaks or difficulty controlling your water’s temperature, it might be time for a repiping. Considering copper pipes for your repiping means considering one of the most durable and cost-effective upgrades you can do for your home, but it’s not the only option. Talking through available choices with your plumber is the best way to determine what will work for you, and don’t be afraid to ask any questions. Contact Sin City Plumbing today at (702)-431-6502 for immediate assistance.