Why We're Houston's Repipe Specialists



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And we're live, from the headquarters. Nick's plumbing. I'm back, I was on vacation last week. I'm sure that the show went very well because I watched it and we want to thank Navien for coming on and the Co hosting with Mr Richard Saad here, but back to regular schedule. John Eccles, Richard Saad, the potty mouth guys are back in action and we're here to talk about, um, some dark, gloomy areas of your home that you don't go, you don't see, you don't pay attention to. It could be one of two different things, right? It could be your attic or the depths below the pier and beam underneath your home if you're not on a slab house. These are areas that are a neglected by most homeowners. They don't go in on typically and they don't see them. So we're going to talk about what's in those areas, what's been neglected and how can we look around and see what's happening.

Right? So what's the number one thing that's in those areas? Mr Saad. Water pipes. Water pipes. That's exactly right. That's a huge one. What's number two? Water heater. Your water heaters? Water heaters are hidden. Don't see them man attic, we know they're not underneath the house and the attic. Yes, absolutely. And you can even have gas pipes on occasion, right? Absolutely. Um, and so this is something that's kind of near and dear to our heart because here at Nick's plumbing, we are Houston's premier reipipe specialists, right. We, uh, we take a lot of pride in that and so we got a lot of experience with it. Right. So let's talk about it. So water pipes, when they're neglected, especially in the Heights, Memorial, W est U, Bellaire, those older parts of Houston. What are those water pipes typically made out of galvanized pipe and is that good pipe to have to a certain point of time?

Fifty years ago it was a. yeah, it was very. There is a time limit on those pipes. Right? So especially when we're specifically talking about water, just like everything else in the world, technology times a evolution, things change, things get better. And, and nowadays for water piping there is much better options than galvanized wouldn't you say? I would. What's your favorite? I'm still a big copper guy. I mean, I, I'm a copper guy, would my galvanized went out in my house? Well, I took it out before it went out, but I, I went all copper and I think there's a, I think there's a Nomar in our society now where everybody hears that, oh, copper, so expensive. Copper is this and coppers that. No, my opinion, copper is the best, but nobody can solder or weld anyone. So they tell you that. Let's go something else because they can't solder and weld.

That's a big problem in today's current position that we're, that we're in now. Plastic piping got several forms of plastic pipe, right? So we've got packs and you got CPVC. Those are both great products to. I'm just more partial to the copper. He likes shiny things. So me, my favorite would be the picks, right? Um, I really liked the flexibility that it gives you bright. There are some other things about it freezing. Um, the simple causation of the install. It makes it nice and pretty. Both of them though are work. The great thing is with us, the Houston pipe specialists, we can do either one. Our guys are trained to handle any kind of water pipe they come encounter with. Let me define read pipe specialist. It's not only water, you guys. So we're dealing with the oldest part of Houston. We've got parent being.

You're looking at me funny. Nope. Nope, nope, nope, nope. A pier and beam and in the attic. Well, what's in there? We also have gas piping, so we're, we're a repiping specialist for gas pipe as well in Houston. So when you think about repiping specialist, think of us to do your water and your gas. We can do both. We'll continue on. Okay. So just to clarify that. So when it comes to the water repiping, especially in those older parts of Houston, we were talking about that have the galvanized piping that a pipe gets eaten away from the inside. Right. And it ends up the tears rating and kind of closing down, so to speak. Basically the coating comes off that and I tried to find a piece that we had just recently pulled out. We just did a magnificent, beautiful, very large, uh, re pipe water re pipe over in the memorial area.

And I thought that we still had some out there in the trash bin and we didn't. So the next one that we have, I'll bring on, no matter what we're doing on topic, just the opposite that we're talking about, but it's windows down. And so if you have low water pressure and you live in an older home, that's a good indicator that you might have this kind of problem. But when that happens, obviously what you're wanting to do is report the home, you know, get new water, right? Restore flow as they like. New water pipes. Yup. So along with that, what goes in with those water pipes? What are those water pipes lead to? Water Faucets, water heater, water heater. The attic. There's no faucet in the attic. Oh, oh, that's right. There's no, is there be? That'd be an odd place for one. But. So the water here, let's talk about those for a minute.

So whenever, whenever our specialists come to your house and they're looking at it and they're going to tell you about it, a lot of times if your home is old enough, they're going to look at the water heaters. Will cause if your water pipes are old and you haven't looked at them, one of the number one neglected, probably the number one neglected appliance in your home is going to be the hot water heater. Wouldn't you say so insane. What John? Any company that you guys hire that go into the attic? They shoot me. Looking at the water heater. How often do you get in the attic and look at the water heater. So it's very important. Most people do not, so they don't even know the age of their water heater. It can be corroded on the top, could be credited on the bottom. It could be waiting to break and you don't even know.

So anybody that you hire should be looking at it? Absolutely. I'm tell you right now I'm a master plumber and it's probably been a year since the last time I looked at mine and the only reason why I looked at it last time because I was changing my air conditioning filter, which you know the old saying, right? When it's your profession, you neglect your own house. So I did the same thing. Every plumber has a leaky toilet. That's right. That's right. So anyway, it'd be in the extremely neglected appliance. You definitely want to get it looked at because believe it or not, those items need to be maintained and if they're not being maintained then they're not going to operate efficiently and they're not going to last as long as they should, you know. And me and Richard were actually having an off camera conversation earlier about this and this is very interesting. Um, you know, and I told him, I said, man, you know, they need to look at them because new water heaters are, are fairly somewhat pensive. And Richard had a very interesting take on the cost of a water heater. Tell them what you're telling me. My answer is no, it's not expensive. And people, it's really interesting because you guys know what we do for a living. We do it everyday, all day. We do. How many water heaters a month?

I would say on a good month, probably between 40 and 70. Okay. So low end, 40, high end, 70. How many phone calls do you guys think that we get that are there? Just nothing but price shopping and they think they're going to get some kind of deal on a water heater. Well now dangerous that is replacing a water heater in an attic. I mean, it could fall on a guy. The guy could come through the ceiling. I mean there's a lot of issues with that. So there's a cost associated with that. And in that cost, let's say it's in the attic and let's say it's, I'm going to use an average number between $1800 to $2,400 depending on the size of the water heater. And John's point is, a lot of people think that's expensive. And I'm like, it's no, it's not. It's not expensive. If you extrapolate that over the life of that appliance, I either water heater, it's not expensive.

Water heaters in Houston go seven to 10 years. You should always throw them away at 10. You should start thinking about it at seven and if you haven't maintained that, maybe even sex, uh, because they become extremely inefficient. And that's where you start getting corrosion. On the bottom of those tanks, because you've allowed the minerals to start forming rocks, the water heaters starts popping as you can hear, makes noises, uh, and that's going to corrode out your connections that you have going into that tank and eventually it's going to create a leak and it's probably going to be a significant leak. It's never small. Right? So I'm saying no, it's not. So extrapolate if you've maintained the water heater, extrapolate that over two years. And even if you paid $2,400, that's $200 bucks a year. Yeah. Wait, that's not. And it's $2100 bucks. Yeah, that's right. That's right. Oh wait, that's wrong. No, that's not going to think today. You're right. Oh, okay. It was just 12 months. I'm the year.

That'd be 20 bucks a month. It'd be to 40 around. There we go. Hey, we are smart. I mean that sounds like we're smart, but that's true for. That's $240 a year at $2,400 over the life. Right? Absolutely. No, I got it right. Thank goodness. Ooh, sweating. Anyway, go ahead. Anyway, think about that. $200 bucks a year or $240 bucks a year, whatever it is. It's not expensive. You have to have hot water. Yeah, exactly. Or maybe that you don't. You can boil it and we have had clients do that before in the bathtub. I have a question for you. Right. And being as, right. You are the tip of the Arrow for the repipe specialists premier, right? What's, is there any difference in the attic and pier and beam for the water pipes or gas pipes? There is a difference on the pier & beam most of the time they ran them underneath the house.

Right. So there's nothing in the attic. Some of the time they have used the attic and random in the attic, but most of the houses, Heights, Montrose, West U, river oaks, there underneath. Oh, river oaks based. Mostly not just depends on the size of the house and how old it is. Um, but heights, Montrose in West u for sure. Most of them are underneath the house now. The corrosion and what can happen to your piping structure is going to work differently. The attic versus the parent being the elements are beating on it more on parent vein than they are in the attic, but there's still can happen quite a bit of corrosion, uh, from an ad standpoint. Okay, got another little little one for ya. Every so often we run into a loop copper system.

All right. Those are bad, bad. Don't do on what is that? They do them all over Boston. In Layman's terms, what is that? Just very briefly. There are doing an actually a lot in Katy and it saves the builder a, I wouldn't say a ton of money, but it saves the builder money. If they can save a penny and skimp on something, they're going to do it. That's the bottom line. So when they do a loop system under your slab there, going from fixture to fixture with a loop and then looping back down and go onto the next fixture, is it under the slab or in the slab? Under. Shouldn't be under. Okay. But we have seen it when it's in it. Okay. And that's even more wrong. Concrete is acid based, so if it's touching that copper at any point, at any location, uh, eventually it's going to put a hole in it, it's going to eat it.

Okay. So what is the practice, and this is, this is actually kind of a lead in I, I have a personal friend that called her company that had this exact problem, had a water leak by his fireplace and they couldn't figure it out and we ended up fixing it forward. Um, what, what, what is the protocol when that happens? You've got to start doing isolation testing now. So you're going to have to cut holes in wall. You have to figure out where they came up in the wall and when they went back down and you have to cut that copper pipe and start capping it and using a pressure gauge and pressuring each line. You guys, do you know how difficult that is and the money associated with that. That's not a four or $500 item. So to typically I can tell you what the average fix and, and when we come across this, there's only two ways to fix it.

You have to wipe out the entire loop system and run everything from the attic down so you have lots of damage or you have to tunnel underneath that house and fix that leak on that one item. You're looking at 10 grand, sometimes 20, sometimes 30 grand is extremely expensive, so don't ever let them do a loop system in your new house. And again, they're doing it all over in Katie. If you have a choice, they're not giving you a choice but you have a mouth speak up. I don't want that right because the repair costs, because if you stay in the house, any amount of time to repair will happen and the repair costs associated is just crazy. It's a lot better to go ahead and put it in the walls and attic or. And again, this is for slab homes. That's where you want to put it, is more accessible and if you do have a loop system, absolutely make sure that you're calling.

If it's not going to be us being the re pipe specialists, you need to call someone that you feel is that person. Um, because it is a much trickier situation, normal. Very few companies can fix that. I can tell you guys right now, very few. So if you have a loop copper system, um, and it, and it breaks, you need to be very selective who you hire because somebody can spend two weeks at your house eight hours a day and they still can't find it. So if they're not used to doing it, we only have two guys within mixed plumbing that I would ever send on that call period because you know why the other 15 that we have might be there two weeks and you will not be happy with that bill prior to us fixing it. Then you've got the fix on top of that.

So you need to be very selective in who you hire. So we're running a little short on time. So we got everything kind of talked about about the dark and murky areas of the house. But I did want to mention one thing besides being Houston's premier re pipe specialists. We've got something that I'm excited about, right? For our customers that we might be able to see on tv, you're going to hear about it. We got a new special coming out for our drain cleaning. Right? So if you have a stopped up sewer , it needs to have a ground level accessible. Clean out. We're unstopping them for $99. That's right. $99. $99. That's $1 under 100. That's a steal. And we'll give you a free camera inspection if we don't stop your main line. What's a cleanout? Me, you know the white thing that you probably ran over with your lawn mower?

Not the top off of it. That's it. Yes. If you have one of those, long as I can put my thing in there and run it that way. We're good. Is Awesome. I think I'm covered. So you'll see that coming out on commercials. Look forward on the TV. If you have a stoppage, make sure when you call and to schedule your appointment you ask about the $99. Drain clean is special to see if it applies to your problem. All right, anything else? Thank you for listening today. Thank you, appreciate your time for giving us that. We'll see you next week. Potty mouth guys. Signing out.





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