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When is Repiping Necessary?

For the most part, a licensed plumber is able to repair a leak that is in your plumbing. However, if you experience a sudden drop in water pressure, you keep having issues with leaks, or your plumbing is incredibly noisy, it is going to take more than a repair to fix those problems. When a home’s plumbing experiences any of those issues, the most course of action is to invest in repiping. What does repipe mean? The most common thing that repiping can achieve is replacing entire or sections of plumbing pipes in a home; it can also include replacing various plumbing components like valves, connections, or supply lines.

Because it can be a pretty serious plumbing service, it’s important to know what the reasons would be for getting repipe service for your home.

  • Old Home: If you live in an older home and you have never replaced the pipes, it will probably need to happen sooner than later. That’s because most pipes that were installed in older homes have a tendency to become broken or burst; investing in new pipes will prevent this from happening.
  • Leaks: Sure plumbing pipes develop leaks from time to time, but there are two instances when you should consider repiping. The first is when there are small leaks, called pinhole leaks, in your pipes. The second is when your pipes have had multiple leaks that have been fixed. Both of these issues will only get worse and will eventually need repipe service.
  • Low Water Pressure: A lack of water pressure can be because your plumbing pipes have become corroded or there is a buildup of a lot of minerals in the pipe. Either way, they both can cause serious issues to your pipes.
  • Water Discoloration: Just like low water pressure can be a sign that your pipes have rusted, so can the color of your water. Redish, brownish water coming out of your faucet indicates that there is rust in the pipes. Not only can this affect the taste of your water, but it’s not the healthiest for you.

While a repipe service is pretty common and used quite frequently, it’s important to point out that there are alternatives to repiping. The most popular alternative to repiping is with epoxy coating; with an epoxy coating, plumbers don’t have to replace an entire pipe, they can use the coating within the existing pipe to repair it. It cuts down the time of replacing pipes and it doesn’t involve cutting through walls or ceilings.

Of course, even if you are experiencing these issues with your plumbing pipes, it’s still important that you call a professional plumber to take a look at your plumbing. When you are having problems with your residential roofing, you wouldn’t call anyone but a roofer, so in the event that your pipes are having issues, you will need to get into contact with a plumbing contractor you can trust.

What Does Repiping a House Entail?

A Man is Cutting a Copper Pipe To Work with it.

Repipe Service Takes a Lot of Planning.

No matter how strong the material of your pipes is, they will eventually need to be replaced. However, sometimes that will require a whole house repipe or a partial repipe, meaning either your whole plumbing pipes will be replaced or only certain areas of the pipe will be replaced. If you are getting whole repiping for your home, there are a whole lot of factors that go into the process. The first thing that your plumbing contractor will have to do is decide on what materials will be used for your repiping. There are several options to choose from such as copper, PVC, CPVC, and PEX. Once the material is chosen, the plumbing team will first start repiping going through your walls or ceiling. It’s important to note that whoever you choose as your plumber, that they patch up all of the areas that they cut up. For a whole house repipe, the installation can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This is all going to depend on the size of the home and the extent of the damage. While it might seem frustrating that this service takes a bit of time, it’s important to know that once it’s completed, your pipes should last several years to a lifetime.

Because repiping is a very extensive job, it’s going to cost a bit of money to invest in either partial or whole repiping. So does insurance cover repiping? Unfortunately, most insurance companies are only going to cover the cost of damages that were made from broken or busted pipes and not the actual replacement of pipes. Even then they can deny your claim and not cover the expenses for burst pipe damage. The insurance company will only cover pipe damages that are considered an unexpected accident; if they determine that pipe bursts could’ve been prevented, they can deny the claim outright.

What is the Best Pipe To Use for Plumbing?

A Picture of a Stack of Blue PVC Pipes

There is a Wide Variety of Pipes That Can Be Used To Repipe a Home.

There are many types of pipes that are used for residential plumbing. These kinds of pipes include copper, CPVC, PEX, PVC, and steel. Each pipe is going to have their own benefits, as well as disadvantages, so it’s important to look at all of them to determine which is the best kind for a repipe job. Copper has been used for a long time and with good reason. It is leak resistant, recyclable, long-lasting, and doesn’t affect your drinking water in a negative way. The downside to using copper for repiping is that they are more expensive and there is the possibility that they contain lead when it’s soldered. Next is CPVC, which is a plastic type of pipe. This pipe is flexible, so it’s easy for anyone to use. Not only that, there is chlorine present in this type of pipe and they work well with both cold and hot water. There are a couple of disadvantages to using this kind of pipe, one being you can’t recycle it once it’s reached its lifespan, and the second being that it can break easily when it freezes.

PEX is also a plastic pipe and the reason it’s a great pipe to use for repiping is that it is heat resistant, works with cold and hot lines, and it’s just an all-purpose type of pipe. There is the argument that this type of pipe can contaminate water due to how it’s manufactured, but many places have used it even with pretty stringent laws. PVC, another plastic pipe, has a wide range of benefits. This type of pipe is more affordable, can be used for a variety of drain lines, can withstand higher water pressure, and they do not corrode. However, PVC does not work well with hot water so it can be damaged when it comes into contact with hot water. Back in the day, steel pipes were used in many homes, but homes that still have that type of piping have to be repiped, as they rust easily, are heavy, and have the potential of releasing lead into the water.

Repiping with PEX pipe has become a pretty common thing. Many people want to know the difference of repiping PEX vs copper. While copper lasts a long time and is recyclable, it is going to cost a lot more and it’s not as easy to work with as PEX is. Copper tends to be chosen because of its lifespan, but many people who want to work with PEX ask, “How long does PEX last for?” The answer is that lasts about 50 years, so it will last longer than most people will have their homes. If you have more questions about Fontana, CA repiping and what pipe material would be best for you, call A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. at (909) 684-1915 today!

Where are These Puddles Coming From?

A Puddle From a Busted Main Water Line

Unexpected Puddles in the Yard Could Be From Leaks in Your Sewer or Main Water Line.

Puddles may be fun to jump in, just not inside the house or in the yard. While there are a few potential causes for these puddles, you’ll need to take extra care if they begin to appear in unusual places. The problem could main water line leaks, or worse, a slab leak. Here’s a quick guide on figuring out the problem.

Diagnosing Puddle Problems

Inside the house, there are numerous potential causes for puddles. You’ll want to pay special attention to where the water is coming from. If the leak originates from the walls, you could have a problem with a busted wall pipe or damaged roof. Roof inspections can easily confirm or rule out the latter. 

For any leaks on the floors, start by ruling out any nearby water fixtures or appliances. Many hectic leak calls end in water heater repair or toilet maintenance. Should the water be emanating from the ground, you could have a serious slab leak on your hands. If that’s the case, you’ll want to call a local plumber as quickly as possible, and have the water shut off.

Determining the cause of a leak is much simpler when the problem is outside. The two usual suspects are your main water line and your sewer line. Clogged sewer lines are most common. Clogs may arise due to a number of factors including:

  • Mineral Deposits
  • Tree Roots
  • Shifting Ground
  • Non-flushable Trash

How to Repair a Main Water Line Leak

Main water line leaks are just as bothersome to deal with. You’ll likely need to turn off the water supply, but don’t start digging up the yard. Nowadays, your trusty plumber has modern detection tools, such as plumbing cameras, to find the exact spot of the leak. After that, it’s usually just a matter of digging up a small section and repairing or replacing the pipe.

Schedule Your Main Line Plumbing Repair

Are you dealing with sudden puddles in the yard? Call our team at (909) 684-1915 and see if you might need main line plumbing repairs in Fontana, CA.

Terrible Plumbing Leaks and How to Find Them

Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing Leaks Can Lead to Tremendous Water Waste, Mold, and Flooring Damage if Left Alone.

Many household challenges are strenuous, but manageable for homeowners to deal with by themselves. What makes plumbing leaks so scary is their sudden and hard-to-predict nature. One minor leak, if left undetected, can cause significant damage in the form of rot, ruined flooring, and mold.

The good news is that much of these damage can be mitigated with timely repairs and plumbing maintenance service. As a homeowner, your extremely important role is detecting these leaks before they spiral out of control. Here are some tips to help you with your detection!

How Can You Tell Where a Water Leak is Coming From?

If a unusually high water bill or low pressure has you suspecting a leak, the first tools you should use to locate a leak are your senses. Take a moment to turn off any appliances or hoses that may be consuming water. Once you’ve turned off everything, take a reading of your water meter and write it down. If you like, you can test your toilet for leaks by dripping a little food coloring into your toilet tank. We’ll come back to this later (ten minutes).

Now take a slow walk throughout the house and listen for the sound of running water. Keep your nose on alert for the smell of rot, mold, or mildew. If you don’t see, smell, or hear any leaks, go back and check your toilet bowl. If any food coloring escaped into the bowl during the ten minutes, your toilet bowl is probably the problem. Before turning your appliances back on, take another reading of your water meter and see how much water your home has consumed (if any).

How Long Do Pipes Last?

Once you’ve located the source of the leak, you’ll need to determine the cause. There are a number of problems that can lead to plumbing leaks, including:

  • Aging Pipes
  • Pipe Clogs
  • Corrosive Water Content
  • Severe External Pressure

Some issues are simple to mend. Pipe clogs and corrosive water content are fairly easy to deal with. Pipe snaking or hydro jetting can help you clean out any nasty clogs that created excess pressure. The solution for corrosive water content will vary depending on the contaminant in your water, but a water quality assessment should help you figure that out. 

Addressing aging pipes and external pressure is a much more involved process. Old pipes may require sectional or even whole house repiping (in extreme cases). External pressure created by shifting ground can lead to slab leaks, which could necessitate tunneling. Be sure to call a professional to confirm the need for repairs.

On a side note: keep in mind that leaks coming through the wall could be the result of a rooftop leak. Regular roof inspections should help you prevent most of these.

Professional Leak Repair and Repiping Services

No matter what sort of plumbing leaks your home faces, our team at A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. would be happy to help you beat them! You can depend on our experienced plumbers for professional leak repair and repiping services in Fontana, CA. Give our team a call today at (909) 684-1915!

 

How Storm Damage Can Affect Your Plumbing

 

Protect Your Home From Storm Damage.

Heavy rain is something you can’t avoid. It is going to happen and if your home isn’t ready for it, it can mean thousands of dollars in damages. Heavy rain equals flooding and with flooding comes flooding in your home, this is why you have to be prepared with things like sump pumps and foolproof flashing on your roofing system. Storm damage can come in many shapes and sizes like basement flooding, mold, leaking, and your water pipes.

 

Importance Of a Sump Pump

A sump pump is a small pump that is installed by a plumber at the bottom of your basement. The way that it works is if it detects water entering into the basement, it kicks on and begins to pump out the water right away and not allow it to build up and flood. This machine will divert water back outside and out of your basement.

Preparing Your Home For a Storm

We mentioned above the importance of a sump pump and that is a great starting point, but if you really want to keep your home safe from storm damage, you should do things like have your home and roof inspected, have sandbags around and handy, and make sure that your piping has no leaks in it. After a storm has hit you will want to look for the following items:

  • Mold
  • Messed up drywall
  • Water spots
  • Musty smell
  • Puddled water

If you find these types of problems, storm damage has affected your home and will need to be taken care of. One thing you may want to consider if having a plumber come out and check on your piping system. Sometimes pipes will overflow with water and burst or become damaged by the amount of rain or problems like falling stress or heavy movement of dirt surrounding your home.

A Plumbing Team You Can Trust

When you have storm damage in your Fontana, CA, call our experts at A O Dowd Plumbing Inc.. We are here for you and will always make sure that your home is in tip-top shape. Our number is (909) 684-1915 and we would be happy to get you scheduled and make sure your plumbing is working the way it is intended to do so.

3 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Plumbing Inspection

Plumbing Inspection

Start Planning Future Upgrades With the Help of Your Plumbing Inspector.

Are you constantly searching for ways to save money on your home? You’re in luck, because we have some plumbing pro tips that can help you save money. Here are three ways to start saving with your annual plumbing inspection.

Pro Tip #1: Start Keeping Track

One of the most useful pieces of information that you can bring into your plumbing inspection is an expiration date. Most of the parts of your plumbing system come an established lifetime expectancy. If you can keep track of these dates, you’ll have a better idea of when to schedule inspections and when to start planning your replacements. Speaking of replacements…

Pro Tip #2: Plan Your Next Upgrade

Most people wait till they’re in the middle of a plumbing emergency to start talking about replacement parts. Because these homeowners don’t plan ahead, they are consequentially left with fewer options, end up paying more (on average), and often have to settle for low-tier replacement parts. The next time you have an inspector examine a part of your plumbing, find out when that part expires. You can then talk with your plumber about ideal replacement options. You’ll be able to start saving ahead of time, and you’ll have access to more efficient replacement solutions when the time comes.  

Pro Tip #3: Get a Second Opinion

There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion; part of planning ahead is giving yourself time to ask for one. If a plumber suggests a repair process or replacement part that seems too expensive, call another company and ask for their input. You’d be amazed at the number of times our plumbers have prescribed a simple fix for a problem that another plumber said needed huge repairs.

If you’d like more information on how to maintain your plumbing system, or if you’d like to schedule a professional checkup for your home, talk with one of our experts at (909) 684-1915!

Top 3 Popular Water Filters for the Home

Reverse Osmosis System

There are Many Water Filters Available for You to Choose From; Try Searching for Yours Today!

Have your recently considered installing a water filter in your home? Filters offer more than just peace of mind; they also provide cleaner, tastier water for your entire family. It can be difficult selecting that perfect filter for your home, so here are three of the most popular water filters on the market today. 

Popular Filter #1: Carbon Filtration

Perhaps the filter most commonly found in homes today, a carbon filtration system utilizes a tight carbon mesh to clean out your system. While the semi-permeable weave lets water through, the carbon system traps chemical contaminants like colloidal iron and chlorine residue. There are numerous carbon filters on the market, varying in life cycles and protection. You should be able to find your special pick without any difficulty.

Popular Filter #2: Ozone Purification Filter

Ozone works to destroy the biological matter inside your water, such as bacteria, viruses and algae. An ozone purification filter can also break down dangerous chemicals into less harmful molecules, which is especially useful for any home that’s every had backflow problems. The end result is tasty, pure water.

Popular Filter #3: Reverse Osmosis Filtration

Reverse osmosis is essentially the nuclear option of water filtration. It sanitizes and purifies your water in three different filtration steps. Reverse osmosis removes harmful chemicals like fluoride and chlorine residue, leftover detergent and soap scum, lead, nitrates, sulfates, and pesticides. If your home’s water supply regularly suffers from chemical contaminants, reverse osmosis might be a great option for you.

For more information about water filters or water quality issues, you can give our team a call at (909) 684-1915. We’d love to answer all of your questions!

When Is It Time For Water Heater Replacement?

Water Heater

A New Water Heater Can Be A Costly, Stressful Endeavor.

Your water heater plays an important role in your home plumbing. You use it for washing dishes, clothes, baths and more. When it fails, it can cause a lot of difficulty in your home’s normal routine, becoming an emergency. In order to make sure your home never has to deal with sudden system failure, it is vital that you plan ahead and take note of when you may need a replacement. There are some specific signs your water heater gives that indicate that it may be time.

Signs You Need A New System

Your Water Heater Talks Back.

When your water heater kicks on, does it grumble or bang? Minerals and sediment in your water can build up in your system, causing damage and leading to a lot of very interesting noises. When you have this build up, repair and draining may help temporarily, but you may want to consider replacement.

It Has Leaks.

As it heats water, your water heater heats up too, The metal expands and contracts over time. This, combined with accrued sediment, can wear at the metal, leading to cracks, holes, and damage. If your system becomes cracked, a new system is in order.

You Can Never Get Enough Hot Water.

Have you ever gone to take a hot shower, just to find that after ten minutes all of the hot water is gone? This is a sign your system has decreased in efficiency, meaning that it is not performing well as it once did. This may be due to sediment build up or wear on its internal parts.

Your Water Heater Is Getting On In Years.

Keeping note of the age of your water heater is a great indicator of whether it is time for a new system or not. Most systems can last from eight to twelve years, depending on its service and maintenance. If your system is getting closer to this age range, review newer models and start planning a new system.

A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. is your source for quality water heater repair and service in Fontana, CA. We provide you with installation, repair, maintenance and more. Give us a call today at (909) 684-1915 for your needs.

What You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

Regardless of popular belief, your garbage disposal is not a catch-all for all of your old or unwanted food. There are several items that should never be put down it. Some you can get away with once or twice, but there are certain foods and materials that are a huge no-no for your garbage disposals health.

Things to Avoid

Bones – This should be a given, but people have done it so we feel inclined to mention it here. Bones will not go down your drain, but they will destroy it so stay clear of doing this.

Grease – Grease will go down your drain easily, but once it gets into your pipes, it will start to clog and end up causing major issues in the long run. To prevent clogs and other problems with your pipes, just dump it in your trash to be safe.

Pasta – This goes for cooked and uncooked, oh and rice! Although rice is obviously not pasta, it will have the same swelling effect when it gets inside your pipes, blocking up the flow. This will cause clogging and end up making a mess in your drain.

Potato Peels – Putting a potato peel down your drain can make a huge problem and mess in your drain later on. It is best to avoid this altogether and just throw it in the trash.

These are Okay

  • Cold Water
  • Ice
  • Liquid Soap
  • Chopped Food

If you ever come across a drain clog and need a plumbing company that you can trust, call A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. at (909) 684-1915.