If you are a homeowner, it’s important to know the signs that indicate you may need PEX (Polyethylene Cross-linked) repiping in your home. Over time, plumbing pipes gradually degrade due to wear and tear and the elements. PEX repiping is one of the best solutions for restoring pipes to ensure they are reliable and safe. It is also cost-effective compared to traditional copper pipe repiping, which requires more materials and labor. Here are some of the most common signs that you need PEX repiping in your home:
1. Discolored Water
One of the most obvious signs that your plumbing pipes are corroded or damaged is discolored water coming from any faucets in your home. This discoloration can range from light brown to yellow or orange, and can even be red if there’s rust mixed in with the water. If you notice this kind of discoloration in any faucets, it’s likely time to consider a PEX repiping in order to restore full functionality and cleanliness to your plumbing system.
2. Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure throughout the house is another sign that it may be time for a PEX repipe job. If you notice weak streams on all faucet heads throughout your home, this indicates that there’s probably an issue with your plumbing supply line or pipes themselves that are causing blockages or leaks somewhere down the line. PEX pipes have greater flexibility than metal piping systems, so they can often provide better flow through bends and turns in complex plumbing systems without sacrificing pressure or flow rate due to constrictions or blockages.
3. Strange Noises When Turning On Fixtures
Another indication that something isn’t quite right with your plumbing system is strange noises when turning on faucets or showers in your house, such as gurgling sounds or banging noises due to air pockets trapped inside water lines caused by worn out joints or small leaks throughout the system. These issues can all be resolved by replacing corroded metal pipes with flexible yet durable PEX ones that won’t make such loud noises when water flows through them while also providing better insulation against temperature fluctuations than metal piping systems tend to have.
4. High Utility Bills
If you suddenly find yourself spending more money on utility bills than normal despite no changes made on how much hot water you use, it could be because there are leaks present somewhere within your plumbing system leading up to high water usage numbers reported on paper bills sent by utility companies each month – something commonly seen with aging metal piping setups as opposed to newer PEX ones.
The newer Pex pipes feature seals designed for greater resistance against leakage over time and temperatures extremes like those found in some parts of the country during winter months when outdoor temperatures drop drastically overnight, making metal pipes shrink faster than usual.
This leads to eventual bursts as well as high utility bills due lack of efficiency from older piping systems like those made out of iron and other metals traditionally used decades ago before plastic piping options were made available on market today – being able to withstand higher temperatures. Thanks to their thermal insulation capabilities making them great alternatives for locations where sudden weather changes occur regularly during times of year such as spring/autumn months when warm/cold fronts meet across the same area contributing to lesser amount energy required to keep hot/cold water running through entire building. Versus having to rely on additional heating/cooling sources to maintain same level of comfort in indoor environment which could lead up even higher monthly bills over long run otherwise.
Thus, if you see raise in utilities related costs without explanation then consider taking a closer look at your home’s current setup to determine if you need to replace your current setup with a newer one using these types of plastics rather than the traditional methods. This way, you can save both money, and energy resources on a long term basis.
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PEX is just one of TDT’s plumbing restoration options. We believe in giving you options: PEX, Copper, ePipe Restoration. You be the judge: We give you both a PEX Repiping estimate and ePipe estimate at no charge. Learn more about TDT Plumbing ePipe Restoration.