Signs You May Need Your Home’s Water Lines Replaced in Gastonia
You’ve got a sneaking suspicion that your water lines are leaking. You might’ve even had someone out to look at them already, and now you’re trying to figure out what to do next. We know it’s stressful and scary when your plumbing starts acting up, but our plumbers see this kind of thing all the time. They know EXACTLY what to do! That means they also know what to look for to make sure this is the right move for your home. Some of the things they’ll wanna know about are:
Your Water or Electric Bill
If your water supply is leaking, you’re gonna see it on your water bill. Even small leaks can add up to big bills over time! If your family relies on city water, you might even get a call from the city about your bill if they notice something seems off. If your family uses well water, you probably won’t get a call from the city, but you’ll notice a spike in your electric bill. You might even notice your pressure switch clicking on and off.
Tip: If you can locate your water meter (it’s the grey or green box, usually by your mailbox), you might see the leak detector spinning even when your water isn’t running!
Wet Spots in the Yard, House, or Driveway
If you’ve been dealing with squishy spots in the yard, patches of mold or wetness in the house, or water on the driveway that never seems to dry, odds are, your water supply lines are leaking. You might think a wet patch in the yard means the leaky pipe is under your lawn, but water lines are trickier than you think. To make it simple: water is lazy. If it’s harder for it to make its way through materials in your home, it’ll take the path of least resistance. Sometimes, that means a leak coming from inside your house is actually gonna show up in your yard instead.
Types of Pipes Prone to Problems
Not all pipes are created equal. Some pipes, like polybutylene (PB) pipes, are more likely to develop cracks and holes. In fact, PB pipes are like playing a really ugly game of whack-a-mole. Because PB pipes are vulnerable to the chlorine in your water, they don’t hold up for nearly as long as they should. When one spot springs a leak, you fix it, and another leak will pop up somewhere else. It’s best to just replace it all. The same can be said for Dura-pex pipes.
Galvanized steel pipes have their own set of problems. These pipes are coated in zinc. Over time, this zinc coating wears off, and the iron itself can start to rust. This rust restricts the flow of water in your pipes (like if you tried drinking out of a straw while pinching it). You’re more likely to find galvanized steel in older homes.
Wanna learn more about the pipes in your home? Check out our blog!
What to Expect During Your Repiping Appointment
When you call us out, your plumber will take a look at everything to get a good feel for the scope of the problem. They’ll give you some options about repairing or repiping your home and answer any questions you might have. Once you’ve made a decision, we can usually get a crew out to get things good as new in no more than 2-3 days. Sometimes, we can even get a repiping done by the next day! We know you can’t afford to go without water for long, so if we can’t do it right away, we’ll make sure we set up a temporary fix for your family in the meantime. We don’t want to you worry about a thing!
Is It Better to Do a Repair or a Replacement?
Sometimes, it’s better to go ahead and replace all the pipes. Remember when we said some pipes will keep getting leaks, even after you fix one? That’s one situation that warrants replacement instead of repair. Not only that, but sometimes it can be really hard to find the source of a leak. Even with all our leak detection equipment, some leaks (especially inside the home itself) can be really hard to find. That means it’s also hard to tell just how many spots are leaking inside the home. You don’t want someone to fix one spot in your pipe only to find out the problem isn’t gone because there’s more damage elsewhere on the pipe.
Repiping your home gives your family the peace of mind that your pipes will be good to go for years and years to come. And when we say “years and years,” we mean it. Morris-Jenkins uses what’s called PEX pipe. Specifically, PEX A (that’s the really good stuff). It’s chlorine resistant, corrosion resistant, and extremely durable. It has a projected lifespan of 50-100 years!
Have you been looking into copper piping instead? Morris-Jenkins installs copper piping as a premium option. Ask your plumber for more information!
Why Pick Morris-Jenkins
Other companies will leave you waiting for ages to get your water line fixed. Your family needs that water to wash their hands, shower, cook, flush toilets, and so much more! You shouldn’t have to wait. We’ll get out to you faster than anyone, and we’ll get the job done quick. But just because we’re fast doesn’t mean we don’t take our time with the little details. We make sure every pipe connection is perfect before we leave. Your family has been through enough trouble dealing with the broken water line. Let us take care of things so you can get back to normal!
When you’re ready to get your water flowing the right way again, call, text, or message us online. We’re here til midnight every day of the week.