Re-piping Services in Calgary

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What are some signals as to when to replace my home’s piping?

Replacing piping in your home is a significant procedure that is often quite expensive. It is vital to know what factors might be at play and when it might be necessary. There are several signs to be aware of regarding the re-piping of your home, including:

  • You have pipe leaking happening on a frequent basis. When this happens an entire system replacement may be in your home’s best interest to cut back on regular visits from plumbers and start fresh. A sudden increase in your water bill could be a sign you have a hidden leak.
  • Low water pressure. More specifically, look for low water pressure.  It could be due to a leak or blockage in your pipes. These visual signs often take a long time to appear and by then it may be time to re-pipe.
  • If your home is over a half-century old your pipes may be experiencing lots of corrosion and need replacement. Visible corrosion can be an evident sign that your pipes may be deteriorating. Inspect any pipes that are exposed, whether they’re in your basement, utility areas or crawl spaces. Look for signs of corrosion or leaks. If you’re planning to invest in a renovation project, it might be a good time to replace your plumbing and make sure it aligns with the remodeling vision and fixtures. Keep in mind, new plumbing will also increase your home’s resale value.
  • In addition to the age of the plumbing, the type of pipes used in the initial piping of your home can also play a significant role. Varying types of pipes have different lifespans. For instance, steel pipes that are galvanized can last approximately 20-50 years, while copper pipes can last over 50 years. Have your pipes exceeded that lifespan? If so, it might be smart to start looking for a replacement.
  • Polybutylene (Poly-B) piping was a popular type of plastic plumbing pipe used in many Calgary homes from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. It was inexpensive and easy to install, but it was later discovered that Poly-B pipes can be prone to leaksand breaks. The problem is caused by the fact that Poly-B pipes are made of a type of plastic that can become brittle and crack over time, especially when exposed to chlorine in the water supply. If you have Poly-B piping in your home, it’s recommended that you have it replaced with a more durable material such as copper or PEX.

Even when you don’t see the signs, your home’s plumbing may need attention. It’s important to consider the impacts old plumbing can have on the environment. Modern pipes are designed to run smoother, increasing the overall efficiency of the home. Replacing your pipes can be a more sustainable solution to reduce your family’s impact on the planet. And, it’s a win-win, less water usage also means cost savings for you.

Don’t forget, just because nothing is broken today, doesn’t mean something can’t happen tomorrow. Many homeowners choose the preventative maintenance option and replace piping before any disaster occurs, which can save you money and stress in the long run by avoiding costly emergencies.

We safely remove old worn pipes, install new ones, and then test the whole system to ensure it’s working perfectly. We have some of the very best Calgary plumbers on our team and are experts at everything plumbing in Calgary. Contact Son-Rise Plumbing & Gasfitting today at 403-274-1166 and we’ll have your home’s piping running smoothly in no time.


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