Service King Plumbing & HVAC Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Piping’

Problems That Lead to Pipe Replacement

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Since the mid-twentieth century, most of the plumbing pipes installed in new homes have been copper. There are a number of reasons for this. First, copper is highly resilient, especially to rust. Second, the previous common pipe materials of iron and lead had their own issues. Iron rusted quite easily, and lead was poisonous. Though copper is a good piping material, however, it isn’t perfect. Let’s take a look at some of the times that you’ll need to have your copper pipes replaced. (more…)

How to Protect Against Frozen Pipes

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The temperature is starting to drop, and before long we’ll be in the middle of winter. It’s important that you prepare your home for the coming cold season now, so you’re not caught unprepared when it hits. One of the most important steps you can take is to protect your pipes from freezing. Read on for some tips on how to avoid having to deal with frozen pipes this winter. (more…)

How Often Do I Need to Repipe My Home?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Most homes in the past few decades have been built with copper pipes. These pipes are quite sturdy, and can last over 50 years under the right circumstances. When they do develop problems, they can often be resolved without having to replace the entire system. There are some times, though, when you just need to tear the whole thing out and install a new pipe network. Read on to find out when you need to repipe your entire home. (more…)

Reasons to Have Your Home Repiped

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

You plumbing system is a complex network of pipes and fixtures that work together to provide clean water to your family and to drain wastewater far away from the home. That’s why it’s important to keep your plumbing system maintained and address problems as soon as possible. Broken supply pipes reduce your water pressure and may cause water leaks at the foundation of your home. A damaged sewer line or drain pipe may cause waste to back up into your home or flood into your yard.

When there are problems with your plumbing system, it’s important to schedule repairs as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some problems are beyond repair and may mean that it’s time to look into repiping. Here at Service King, we want to help you decide whether it is the right time to schedule piping services in Schaumburg, IL. Here are 3 of the most common reasons homeowners call our experts for pipe replacement.

  • Old Age: Older pipes risk major leaks and clogs, water quality issues, and drainage problems. If you have older pipes, particularly if they were installed in your home before 1970, they may be made of galvanized steel, a material that is prone to sudden leaks and corrosion. Modern pipes are made of copper or plastic and tend to last much longer. It’s usually best to take preventive action rather than wait for your pipes to burst or collapse.
  • Corrosion: When you schedule plumbing maintenance, a technician can let you know whether your pipes have corroded to the point that they are no longer fully operational. Pipes may corrode over time due to standard wear and tear or it may have to do with the quality of your water. A plumber will discuss with you whether one or multiple areas of your plumbing system are affected.
  • Buildup in the Pipes: Hard water is a condition that may cause excessive mineral buildup along the insides of pipes. As mineral deposits are left behind in the pipes, it may collect slowly, reducing the water pressure to the point that they are no longer usable.

If you have questions about your home’s piping in Schaumburg, call the experienced plumbers at Service King today!