by The Nashville Plumber on September 27, 2013

Does your home need to be repiped?


Plumbing is an important aspect in any home. The pipes are responsible for providing hot and cold water and routing away waste. Toilet flushes, filled bathtubs and sinks and hot showers are a convenience and part of everyday life. The amount of stress on the pipes from constant use is rather phenomenal when you consider that they are used every day and expected to function properly all the time. With regular care and maintenance, your household plumbing can last a long time. However, there are some signs when you’ll need a professional plumber to visit and make a thorough evaluation of some problematic symptoms that might indicate you need a partial or full repiping.

Low Water Pressure: Activating a faucet valve, like the kitchen sink or the shower, should produce a steady stream of water through the nozzle under all conditions. The only exception might be a partial freezing of the pipe. If you find that the pressure is very low, a small stream, trickle or no water at all, you have a problem. Aside from a dirty or clogged filter-aeration nozzle, low pressure points to something more serious. It be a clogged pipe, defective water heater or a burst pipe underground or in the wall. 

Thumps and knocking: Thumping or knocking pipes that sound off behind the wall or under a cabinet while you are filling the tub or a sink may have numerous causes or several at the same time. This condition is known as “water hammer”, which points to loose or defective valves in the plumbing system, post-pressurization, faulty or broken support straps or extremely high water pressure. Pressures that reach more than 60 PSI can be permanently damaging. When pipes are allowed to jerk and shift position, they chaff against other parts and can split or break. This can result in a major leak in the walls, causing flood damage to the structural members, floorboards and carpet. 

Slow Drainage and Dripping: Snaking and drain cleaners are not the cure-all for slow draining water. The problem can be more serious, involving broken or bent pipes that have clogged and refuse to evacuate properly. Tree roots can strangle septic system piping, eventually distorting and breaking the pipe which can fill with sediment and cause a backup. Continuous dripping may mean that the water pressure is too high and is forcing its way past seals and valves. It could also point to a backup in the main line. A professional plumber should be used to pin-point the problem in either case. 

Foul Water: Any water coming out of your pipes should be clear and have a pleasant or neutral smell. Water that appears cloudy or white usually points to air in the lines and this could be associated with a defective valve. If the water appears yellow, red or brown, it means rust is present and traveling through the pipes. Rusty water can appear via a broken water main or be indicative of very old plumbing. Rust particles may look like small shavings, while evenly brown water that has a stickiness to it might indicate mud. Green water indicates the dissolving of copper pipes, but if the color is blue it means the copper has completely deteriorated. Any dark discoloration means the pipes are very old, fragile and close to breakage. A plumber should be called immediately for any of these signs.

Does your Nashville home need to be repiped? Call Green Hills Plumbing today at (615) 866-1917 for a Free estimate and get started today.

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