Bloomington Piping & Repiping Services
Preserving the Plumbing Systems of Normal & Surrounding Areas
You use our home’s plumbing system constantly, and it can be easy to think that your plumbing system will last forever. However, normal wear and tear, in addition to time, weather, and water quality, can negatively impact your pipes and overall plumbing system. The skilled plumbers at Covenant Plumbing provide piping and repiping services to homes in Bloomington and throughout central Illinois.
Call Covenant Plumbing at 309-320-2999 for pipe repair or replacement in Bloomington-Normal.
Replacing Your Plumbing Pipes
While pipes are made from sturdy materials and can sometimes last a century, many factors can drastically decrease this lifespan. Two things that are always beneficial to know are: when your piping was originally installed, and what material your pipes are made of. These two factors can play a large role in determining whether or not you need repiping in your Bloomington home.
The Most Common Types of Piping Materials Are:
- Brass: Under optimal conditions, brass pipes can last between 40-70 years.
- Copper: While the lifespan of copper pipes can be over 50 years, it is drastically affected by the water quality in your area. If your water’s pH levels tend to run more acidic, your pipes can corrode.
- Cast Iron: Although you do not see this material in pipes throughout your home, cast iron is a commonly used material for drains and waste pipes. These pipes are incredibly thick and have been known to last up to 100 years.
- Galvanized: This material (which is typically steel with a zinc coating) stopped being used around the early 1960s and has a lifespan of about 40-50 years, so older homes are especially at risk of these pipes becoming fragile and rupturing.
- Plastic: Taking the form of either PVC, CPVC, or the most popular, PEX, these pipes can last up to 80 years and don’t run into the same corrosion issues as brass and copper pipes. However, plastic pipes can become brittle when exposed to the elements, causing leaks or ruptures.
Once you know the age and materials used for you pipes, keep an eye out for signs of trouble like discolored water, low water pressure throughout your home, and frequent plumbing leaks. While we all get busy, and it can be all too easy for small signs like these to go unnoticed, catching signs of damage early can often mean less intensive repairs down the line. If you are concerned about the condition of your plumbing system, our highly trained plumbers can thoroughly inspect your pipes to determine if repiping is your best option. We pride ourselves on honest service and will never recommend something you don’t need.
Winterizing Tips for Your Pipes
When the cold weather sets in, it’s important to take proactive steps to protect the various components of your plumbing system, specifically your piping. For example, repairing any potential leaks, and taking precautionary measures in your outdoor faucets and pipes is crucial in keeping your plumbing running smoothly. Neglecting any winterization before the fall and winter season can lead to frozen pipes, amongst a host of other problems that can cause significant damage to your plumbing.
How To Prevent Frozen Pipes:
- Make sure your pipes are insulated to protect them from possibly freezing with the temperature change
- Let a few faucets drip, as this helps keep any pressure from accumulating within the pipes
- Ensure all hoses are removed from any outdoor faucets so the water can drain properly
- Make sure any holes or cracks in your walls or around your windows and doors are sealed, specifically in areas where there are pipes to avoid any frigid air from reaching them
- Maintain a consistent temperature within your home to avoid any significant changes that may affect the piping
- Ensure warm air is reaching areas that are more vulnerable to cold air or where pipes aren’t insulated, such as the basement. This may include opening cabinets to ensure warmth is reaching those interior pipes
However, if your pipes are already frozen, be sure to reach out to one of our expert Bloomington plumbers right away for service. Avoid any DIY thawing techniques, as pipes that are frozen run the risk of bursting, leading to costly and extensive damage.
At Covenant Plumbing, We Keep Our Promises
Our professionals don’t take our jobs lightly. We know that when you contact us you are concerned about the health and safety of your home and need reliable results fast. All of our plumbers are not only fully licensed, insured, and bonded, but also professional, courteous, and hard-working. Our Bloomington piping & repiping team isn’t satisfied until you are satisfied, and we are proud of the stellar reputation we have throughout central Illinois. If you are looking for plumbers who take promises seriously, look no further than Covenant Plumbing.
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