How Home Plumbing Systems Work

The plumbing system in your home is a complex network of pipes, vents, fixtures, and drains. Professional plumbers can spend years learning about different types of plumbing systems and materials to give you optimal service. However, as a homeowner, you should have at least a basic understanding of your home plumbing system and how it works. Then, you will be able to better appreciate the role of professional plumbers.

Basic Components of Home Plumbing Water Delivery

First, your home plumbing consists of freshwater delivery and wastewater removal aspects. The pipes leading into your home to distribute tap water to your fixtures and appliances must last for years. Leaks in these pipes can lead to severe moisture damage in your walls, ceilings, and floors, depending on the pipes’ locations. Additionally, the wrong material, such as lead or brass containing lead, can leech toxic metal into your drinking water over time.

Today, many water supply pipes have a construction of durable, long-lasting material known as PEX, or cross-linked polyethylene. Its flexible nature makes it an ideal option for repiping. Plus, it can last up to 25 years and has no metal to contaminate your water supply.

Removing Waste Water from Your Home

After you use plumbing fixtures, such as tubs or toilets, the wastewater must cleanly leave your home without contaminating the soil or clean water sources. The waste lines that leave your home allow for sanitary removal of this waste.

However, to avoid creating a vacuum effect inside the waste pipes, plumbers install vents through your roof. These let air into the waste lines to keep the used water moving out away from your home. Make sure that your vent outlets on the roof remain open and clear of debris. Usually, they will have caps to keep water and birds out, but sometimes these can fall off. Do a visual inspection of your roof monthly to make sure that all vent outlets have caps in place.

Heating Water

Part of modern life is the ability to turn a tap and get hot water for cleaning, bathing, and showering. The water must travel from the supply to the water heater first. If you have a tank-style water heater, the unit will fill itself completely with water and heat it like a giant kettle. The heater keeps the water at a set temperature until you turn on a hot water tap. Hot water lines are separate from freshwater because they always originate from the pipe leading away from the water heater.

If you have a tankless water heater, the unit doesn’t waste fuel keeping dozens of gallons of water hot all the time. Instead, it heats the water when you need it, using less power and increasing the efficiency of the unit.

Home Plumbing Problems? Let Best Service Plumber Help

While knowing about your home plumbing can help you to understand how your water delivery system works, you still will need to call a plumber when you have a problem. Trust our professionals at Best Service Plumber if you are in southern California and need repairs, replacements, or installation of home plumbing products. Phone us at any time at 951-338-8624. We’re looking forward to helping you with any plumbing chores you need to be done.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Repiping

Many people often forget to think about the lifespan of the pipes inside their home. However, plumbing pipes won’t last forever. As they age, they will develop leaks or buildup that can compromise their function. When you have more problems than you can fix with individual patching, you need to consider repiping your home. This process replaces the existing plumbing with new piping to supply water to your home’s fixtures.

What Is Repiping?

Re-piping refers to replacing the piping in your home. This task leaves your existing plumbing pipes in place for convenience and to lower the overall job cost but replaces them with new pipes on the inside. Occasionally, you may only need a few sections replaced. But, if your home has signs of aging plumbing, your plumber might discuss the possibility of repiping the entire home.

What Happens During Repiping?

The exact process of repiping depends on how many feet of pipe the plumber replaces. For instance, the process for replacing a three-foot section of pipe will differ from repiping the entire home.

In all cases, though, the plumber will shut off the water to drain out the section they work on. For individual areas, they will cut out the bad pipe and install a new section, carefully connecting it with joints that match the needs of both the new and existing material.

For whole-house repiping, the plumber feeds flexible cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) pipe through the existing supply lines. This new pipe lines the old plumbing system, using the same routes as the old pipes and eliminating the need to remove large sections of walls from your home.

How Long Does Repiping Take?

The exact amount of time required for a job depends on how much of your plumbing you need to be repiped. Even whole-home repipe jobs can differ in time based on the size of the home. Larger, multi-story homes will require more time to complete the task than smaller, single-story dwellings. When the plumber discusses the job with you, ask for a time estimate for a customized answer to this question.

How Long Does PEX Piping Last?

If you have your home’s plumbing replacing with PEX, you will enjoy a 25-year warranty on the manufacturing of the pipes. In fact, this pipe option is so convenient and long-lasting that up to 99% of new construction plumbers choose to install it in homes they build.

Get Help with Repiping from Best Service Plumber

If you live in an older home or have numerous leaks in your water system, contact us at Best Service Plumber at (951) 338-8624. We can replace the worn pipes with new PEX pipe that will last. Our plumbers proudly serve southern California and can’t wait to help you to upgrade your home’s plumbing, make necessary repairs, or assist with installing new plumbing fixtures.

 

Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

Living in an older home presents problems not found in new constructions. While you get to enjoy the comfort of a well-lived in place, age can take a toll on the plumbing system. If you live in a home that is more than 20 years old, you should watch out for some of the most common plumbing issues in older houses. 

Rusting Pipes 

If your home was built between the 1930s and 1980s, you may galvanized steel pipes in the walls. While durable and long-lasting from the outside, this type of pipe will rust from the inside, producing discolored water. If you live in an older home and have orange or rust-colored water coming out of your pipes, you may need repiping with a non-rusting PEX piping

Sewer Line Settlement 

Older homes may have experienced soil settling around them. When this happens, the pipes that take waste away from your home to the sewers may shift, reducing the flow of waste. Additionally, tree roots that may have been far from the line when the house was built could have grown into or around the line. Roots can break through older clay or crush some plastic lines. If you have drainage problems throughout your home, you may need to replace the sewer line. 

Inefficient Fixtures 

Older homes built before modern water-efficiency requirements may use more water than necessary. Instead of allowing your home to continue to waste water and raise your utility bills, consider replacing some of your plumbing fixtures with more efficient models. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can still perform as needed without wasting water. A tankless water heater only heats the water that you use, saving energy. 

Bring Your Home Up to Modern Standards 

You don’t have to give up living in an older home. Connect with us at Best Service Plumber to get your home updated to modern plumbing standards. You will have a more efficient home that has a plumbing system to last for years. Phone us anytime at 951-520-8557 or send us a message online. We can’t wait to help you with making your home more livable. 

 

Plumbing Pipe Materials That You May Have in Your Home

Most homes today have one of five types of piping in them. Due to their average lifespans, some types of piping may be reaching the end of their usefulness. Find out the types of materials commonly used for pipes and if your home may need new pipes installed through repiping

1. Galvanized Steel 

Older homes typically have galvanized steel pipes for both supply and drain lines. While long-lasting, this type of piping will rust on its interior surface. When this happens in water supply lines, you may notice discolored water coming from your cold-water faucet if your supply pipes have rust in them. Rusty hot water could indicate bad pipes or an aging water heater. 

2. Copper 

While still in use today for water supply lines, copper piping is very expensive. In fact, the rising cost of copper may make this pipe up to three times more expensive than PEX. Additionally, it requires extra skill and a propane torch for installation. 

3. ABS 

The acronym ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. This type of piping has a plastic texture, similar to PVC. The two types of piping have many similar uses. You can distinguish ABS piping because it often is black compared to white for PVC. Plumbers typically use ABS in waste, vent, and drain pipes, but rarely in supply lines. 

4. PVC 

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) cannot be used for hot water supply lines, but it can be used for low-pressure cold water lines. However, since it cannot support high-pressure or heated water flow, most plumbers will reserve this type of piping for drain, waste, and vent lines. 

5. PEX 

PEX (polyethylene cross-linked) piping is one of the most popular choices today for water supply lines. It has a flexible nature, which makes installation easy, and it can last for decades. For new construction, 99% of builders choose PEX piping for their plumbing supply lines. Because this type of piping offers cost-effectiveness, durability, and longevity, we use it in our repiping services

What to Do About Older Piping 

If you have older galvanized steel piping or need to repair leaking pipes in your home, contact us at Best Service Plumber for repiping. Through our specialized methods, we can replace the pipe you currently have with new PEX piping with as little impact on your home’s appearance as possible. 

For repiping or any plumbing needs you have, remember us at Best Service Plumber. Call us 24/7 at 951-520-8557 or message our office online. We’d love to hear from you.