Whenever you are looking at homes in the Montgomery County, TX area, you will find many older homes built before or in the early ‘80s. While these homes offer a lot of gorgeous and unique charm, they also (unless remodeled) tend to come with lot of out of date appliances and piping. This can be problematic as older home were built using galvanized pipes for the plumbing. Galvanized pipes can be tricky because even when they are corroding, from years of usage or from an undetected leak, they can appear to be in strong condition from the outside. The reason for this is because the outside of the pipes in your home will never be exposed to water, the inside of the pipe is where the corrosion takes place. When the inside of the pipe begins to clog with rust, it will collect build up, narrowing the pathways for the water.
Over time this wears down the pipe, making it fragile and susceptible to bursting. Not only are corroded pipes bad because they weaken the pipe, it also can affect your home’s water pressure and can lead to an unpleasant smell coming from your home’s water. When leaks develop in galvanized pipes you are putting your home at risk for water damage that can lead to rotting wood and mold.
Whenever your home’s pipes are corroded and old, repiping is the solution. Repiping is the process of removing the damaged and dated pipes with new, more efficient pipes. Most of the homes that were built in and before the 1980s have a concrete slab foundation with soft copper pipes laid beneath. Before concrete is poured to make the slab the ends of the copper are bent up to mark where they will be attached to water lines and fixtures. The issue is lots of copper pipes that go through this process become kinked and dented- leading to more holes, which lead to leaks in your slab. If you notice a leak in your slab foundation take it seriously and reach out to us immediately to avoid more severe damage to your home.
A common solution we see to keep your repiping affordable and easy is to go through your home’s attic when you experience a slab leak. This allows you to save your home’s foundation without having to jackhammer into it or cut a chunk out. If you have outdated piping give us a call and we will help find a solution to your home’s piping problems.
At Red Lion Plumbing we have integrity, if you call us with a simple issue we are confident you can fix we will point you in the right direction- for everything else we offer service you can trust. Red Lion Plumbing proudly serves The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Cypress, Spring, Conroe, Montgomery and surrounding areas.