Every home and commercial plumbing installation is made of a series of “water lines”. Some are supply lines, used to bring fresh water in from a city connection or a well; others are waste lines, designed to pump “gray” (contaminated) wastewater out of your home or business.
What all these plumbing lines have in common is that someday, they’re going to need a water line repair in Houston.
WHY DO COPPER WATER LINES REQUIRE REPAIR?
Copper water supply lines are made of a corrosion-resistant metal that also happens to be naturally anti-microbial. Now, corrosion-resistant does NOT mean corrosion-proof. In areas with hard water, corrosion can form inside the pipe where the lining has been worn away by the mineral-rich water supply. As mineral deposits are dragged across the inside of the pipe, they leave small, scratched areas of the copper pipe in their wake. These scratched areas of the pipe start to corrode from the inside out, leaving behind tiny “pinhole leaks”.
One single pinhole leak is not the ‘end of the world’ for your plumbing system and is an easy fix. With that said, water line repair in Houston is not something you want to do with copper too many times. Having to repair more than one pinhole leak in your copper plumbing indicates that it’s time to consider at least a re-pipe of your copper lines.
PEX PIPE IS A LOWER-COST ALTERNATIVE
The other choice in water supply lines is PEX pipe, which is made from high-density polypropylene plastic. PEX pipe is very flexible, easy to install, and does not corrode. PEX pipe does not burst in freezing temperatures, and is more durable than copper, with a life expectancy of over fifty years.
The only apparent downside to PEX pipe is that PEX cannot be installed outside, as it is prone to breakdown in sunlight and improper fitting installations can lead to serious leaks down the road. While PEX pipes aren’t susceptible to rust, they can leech plastic by-products into your water, sometimes causing it to have a foul taste. PEX, due to its soft, pliable nature can also fall victim to thirsty rats that are attracted to the water, and chew through the PEX material.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED WATER LINE REPAIR?
There are many tell-tale signs that you may need a water line repair in Houston; lower water pressure could indicate a supply line leak. Damp floors, sheetrock, and ceilings could be indicative of a leaky drain line or sewer main. Sinkholes and ponding water in your yard could be a sign of either supply or sewer water leakage under your foundation.
All the symptoms listed above require the expertise of plumbing professionals to diagnose and fix. Water line repair in Houston is not a ‘do-it-yourself’ type of task, and in the State of Texas requires a licensed plumber to perform the work.
OK, I NEED A WATER LINE REPAIR…WHAT DO I DO?
The first thing you want to do is call a professional plumbing company that can diagnose and repair that water line leak right away. Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services have been performing water line repair in Houston since 1979, and their 600+ Five-Star Google Reviews speak volumes to the quality of work they do.
For any type of water line repair in Houston, call the licensed and experienced experts at Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services today.
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