If your home was built before the 70s and you have not done significant work on the plumbing since then, it might be time to consider repiping your house. When should repiping a house top your home improvement list? That’s a question for an expert plumber, but to get you started, here are seven signs that you need new plumbing.

7 Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

Pipes have changed a lot over the years, from the materials manufacturers use to make them to their durability and even safety. For instance, before the 1920s, many homes’ pipes were made of lead, which we know today to be extremely harmful to our health if it leeches into the water supply. Even if your home’s plumbing is not made of lead, however, it could be time to replace it before major problems develop.

Repiping a house is a fairly straightforward process. When a plumber replaces your plumbing they will bypass the original pipes with new pipes. If you notice any of these seven signs, you should consider contacting a plumber to discuss your options:

  • Rusty water
  • Water or drains that have an unusual odor
  • Frequent leaks
  • A drop in temperature from hot to cold when the toilet is flushed
  • Unreliable water temperature
  • Unreliable water pressure
  • Water takes a long time to heat up

To keep your home’s plumbing in good shape, it’s important to keep an eye out for any of these symptoms. Be sure to record the first sign you see and let your plumber know during their next visit.

When Repiping a House, What Materials Should You Use?

When you repipe your home, you will have a few different options for materials. Most modern homes use copper, PVC, or both for their plumbing.

Copper is a good option because it is a versatile material and it is durable. In addition to these benefits, it is also recyclable and naturally bacteria resistant. However, there is a tradeoff—because of its versatility, durability, and other benefits, it is also an expensive option. When many homeowners see the price they will need to pay to install copper pipes exclusively, they decide to go a different route.

The alternative is polyvinyl chloride pipes, or PVC. Because of their affordability, PVC pipes are an extremely attractive option for many homeowners. PVC pipes are durable like copper, but they also do not corrode. One important note to mention, however, is that PVC pipes do not do well with hot water. In fact, PVC becomes toxic when heated, so be sure that any water lines that carry hot water use chlorinated polyvinyl chloride pipes, also known as CPVC.

Is Repiping a House on Your To-Do List? Call Custom Plumbing of Arizona Today

Get in touch with the expert plumbers at Custom Plumbing now to learn what your options are for repiping your home. Contact us, or call 602-883-2761.

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Wondering whether you need a home water filtration system if you live in Arizona? Read on to learn about a few reasons that your plumbing might benefit from installing one.

Every homeowner must decide whether pollution, outdated municipal treatments, eroding pipes, and other common issues affect their homes’ water. Those in Arizona especially have to think about how hard water affects the taste and quality of their water. To solve these problems, many households make the choice to install a home water filtration system.

If you have been thinking that water filtration might be your best choice but are not quite sure, here are a few reasons you actually do need one.

You Notice a Film Residue after Washing the Dishes, Showering, or Using the Sink

One of the most common plumbing problems that Arizonans (or Arizonians, depending on your preferences) deal with is hard water. A clear sign of hard water? Mineral deposits left behind after water dries. Perhaps you noticed it the last time you did dishes. I know, annoying, right?

But scrubbing mineral deposits from those dishes you already washed is the least of your worries if you have hard water. For instance, did you know that hard water can ruin your clothes, cause damage to your plumbing, and lead to water heater failure? These problems can lead to damage that costs you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Installing a home water filtration system can prevent the damage from occurring.

You Don’t Like the Taste or Smell of Your Water

Another sign that your water is not being filtered thoroughly enough is a bad taste or odor. While not necessarily a health hazard, foul tasting water is not exactly appealing. One reason that your water might taste bad is because of naturally occurring algae. While the algae itself is filtered out by the city, a nasty taste is often left behind.

With a home water filtration system in place, you will notice a big difference.

You Have Dry Skin or Dull Hair

You don’t have to be a beauty queen to want beautiful, healthy skin. So, why do so many of us put up with dry skin that results from hard water? In fact, anyone who has sensitive skin can also expect rashes and eczema if they continue to shower or wash with hard water.

It’s not only the calcium and other mineral deposits in water that cause damage to hair and skin, either. Chemicals used to make the water safe to drink, like chlorine, are also harsh. All of the above strip the hair and skin of their natural oils, so even if you use expensive soap and shampoo, you can still see problems.

Learn More about Installing a Home Water Filtration System

While these are not the only issues that hard, unfiltered water can cause, they illustrate what you can gain by installing a home filtration system. Are you interested in learning more? Contact Custom Plumbing today to speak to someone on our team.

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When you have a well-functioning sewer system, it’s easy to forget about it. It’s so crucial to daily life that only when the sewer in your home breaks down do you notice that it’s even there. When that happens, sewer repair won’t be far behind.

A damaged sewer can be expensive to fix, but it’s critical to take care of it as soon as possible. Why? A faulty sewer system can lead to backed-up sewage, burst pipes, and a flooded home.

Of course, if you don’t know what signs to watch for, it might be too late. Here are four weird signs that you probably need a sewer repair.

A Healthy Lawn (in Certain Spots)

Practically every homeowner wants to have a yard full of lush grass, paying thousands of dollars for sod, lawn treatments, and landscaping services every year. But if your grass seems exceptionally full and thriving in certain areas, you might be spending thousands on something else.

Sewer repair.

Why? Because patches of grass that seem to be flourishing more than the rest of the lawn can be a sign of a leaking sewer pipe. Think about what goes through your sewer system. That’s right: sewage. If you want your lawn to grow, you couldn’t find a better fertilizer.

Strange Sounds

Every house has pipes that make noise, but not all sounds are the same. The sound of running water is normal, but only if you’ve got a faucet going or the toilet just flushed. If you hear running water but all the taps in your house are off, that’s a problem. You’ve probably got a leak.

Furthermore, if you hear any gurgling or bubbling coming from your pipes, that could indicate that you have a clog somewhere.

Funky Odors

Sewers are designed to keep the nasty smelling odors that they are supposed to take away out of the home. But that’s not always the case. If you smell something funky coming from any of your drains, that could be a sign of a crack in the sewer line or a bad seal. Gases from the sewer may sometimes leak into your home if you let the traps dry out, so before calling a plumber, try running some water down any open drains in your home.

Pools of Septic Water Inside and Outside the House

One of the biggest signs that you need sewer repair is also one of the most obvious. If you notice any water pooling in your yard or in your basement, you could have a problem that needs fixing fast. Check to see if you can find where the water is coming from, then call a plumber if you need help.

Not Sure If Your Home Needs Sewer Repair?

We are here to help you if you need it. Get in touch with us today so that we can send you an expert to fix what needs fixing.

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Sometimes it’s possible to fix a plumbing problem with drain cleaning and proper maintenance. Other times, you may need to do something more drastic to prevent serious damage. Sewer replacement can be expensive, but when the sewer lines have deteriorated, it could be your only option.

If you’re not sure when to replace a sewer line, take a look below at a few reasons it might be time to start thinking about it.

Your Pipes Are Just Getting Old

Do you know when your home was built? Is it 50 years old? 100? If you live in an older home, chances are pretty good that your sewer system is old, too. As sewer pipes age, they are more prone to failure. Furthermore, the materials that people used for sewage systems back in the day tend to be more likely to leak from corrosion—in many cases, older homes have cast iron or galvanized steel piping. If you have never scheduled a sewer replacement and you live in a home built before the 1970s, it’s probably time to talk to a professional.

Your Pipes Are Constantly Clogging

It’s no secret that sometimes pipes clog. Toilets and sinks and shower drains often clog from the buildup of gunk and materials that pass through them. Sometimes they clog because people let the wrong things go down the drain. But if you haven’t been abusing your plumbing by flushing things you shouldn’t and you still experience frequent clogs at multiple locations of your home, the problem could be much bigger.

It’s possible that all you need to do is schedule a drain cleaning service, so you don’t need to worry just yet.

You Notice Bad Smells or Weird Sounds

Bad odors and strange sounds could also indicate that sewer replacement is in your future.

If you notice any bad smells emanating from a drain, it could mean that your p-trap is dry. The p-trap is the u-shaped pipe that prevents gases from emerging from the sewers while still allowing liquids and solids to pass through. When the p-trap runs dry, the gases can pass freely and stink up your home. Try running the water for a bit to refill it, and then monitor the drain in question to see if the odor persists. If, however, more than one drain in your home smells bad, this is a sign of sewer line problems.

You have probably also noticed that your plumbing system isn’t entirely quiet. While that is to be expected, if you ever hear any gurgling sounds or see air bubbles in the toilet, you could have a sewer problem on your hands

What Should I Do Before Scheduling Sewer Replacement Services?

If you notice any of the above signs, you should speak to a professional plumber. At Custom Plumbing of Arizona, we will take a look at your plumbing problems and tell you what the best course of action is. We will make sure that we exhaust every possibility before recommending the replacement of your sewer system.

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Discovering an emergency water leak in your home is more than an annoyance. If you don’t fix it quickly, it can lead to a repair bill that is in the thousands. In addition to ruining your flooring, carpet, walls, and possessions, it can also cause dangerous mold to grow.

Do you have a leaky pipe or faucet in your home? No need to fear! Just follow these tips until you can find a professional to fix it.

Turn off the Water

After identifying where the source of the emergency water leak is located, the first thing you should do is shut off your home’s main water valve. While this doesn’t solve the problem, it does allow you to stop the leak from causing any more damage. In some cases, you won’t need to turn off the water for the entire house. For instance, if you have a leaky faucet or toilet, simply turn off the emergency valves located beneath the sink or behind the toilet.

Dry the Area to Prevent Damage

Even if you catch the leak before your whole home is flooded, any water that seeps into your carpet or through the floorboards can lead to serious damage. The key to preventing damage is to dry any wet areas as quickly as possible. Depending on the extent of the leak, you may need to rent a combination wet and dry vacuum or high-power fans. Be sure to properly vent any area you want to dry to speed up the process.

A Few Temporary Fixes for an Emergency Water Leak

Now that you’ve stopped the leak from spreading and causing harm to your home, you will need to fix the leak, at least temporarily, so that you can continue to use the water in your home. Here are a few easy ways to fix your leak until you can find a plumber to come to your home.

Epoxy

Ask your local hardware store for epoxy glue that is suitable for fixing leaks. After you apply the epoxy to the hole in the pipe, you will need to allow it to set, which can take some time. Be sure to follow the instructions on the epoxy container.

Rubber and Clamps

If you have an old piece of rubber lying around and a clamp, you can plug the hole until you can find a more permanent solution. Take the rubber and cut it to size so that you can wrap it around the pipe and over the leak. Then set the clamp to hold it in place. You will need to make sure that the clamps are as tight as possible to prevent water from seeping through.

The Pencil Trick

Another way to plug an emergency water leak requires a pencil and some plumber’s tape. If your leak is coming from a small hole, stick the tip of a pencil into it until it feels secure, then break off the tip and wrap the pipe with plumber’s tape to keep it in place.

Got a Leaky Pipe? Talk to the Professionals at Custom Plumbing of Arizona

If you have an emergency water leak, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will help fix your leak quickly and professionally so that you don’t have to worry about taking on more water damage.

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