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What does repiping consist of? Repiping is basically replacing the current piping with new pipes in your Kent home. This is usually done when the piping in a home reaches a certain condition, or it gets past a certain age. Repiping needs to be done in order to prevent further piping issues or failures that come with a worn out system.
When considering whether or not to replace the current piping of your Kent home, you can assess certain signs that could exhibit that it is time for replacement.
Some signs that indicate that your piping needs to be renewed include:
- Constantly leaky pipes
- Strange noises
- Rusty water in your home
- Continual running toilets
- Low water pressure
- Clogged and slow drains
- Dripping faucets
- Sump pump failure
- Water heater failure
- Uneven distribution of water
Of course, the more collective signs that you see, the more serious the indication that your Kent home needs repiping.
Just like most things, not all piping is created equal. There are a few different types of materials that are chosen by plumbers and Kent homeowners, but every material comes with its pros and cons. Some of the most popular materials include chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), cross-linked polyethylene PEX, and copper. The benefits and negatives of each are discussed below.
CPVC is made of plastic. It is popular because it can withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for drain pipes as well as hot water pipes. In addition, it is a pretty cost effective option. However, this material is not the best option if all of the piping needs to be refitted because it has a tendency to become brittle and damaged overtime.
PEX is also made of plastic, and is also considered a cost-effective choice. It is easier to install, and because of its light weight, has a cheaper shipping cost. In rare circumstances, it can split. However, this material is durable and can last for a while.
Copper pipes are popular with both plumbers and homeowners. This is because it is known to be resistant to corrosion and can last long. It could, however, develop holes if there are many minerals in the water or soil surrounding it.