Clean, Healthy Water Delivered to Your Family Whenever You Need It
If you’re busy running a household, you know that having a continuous supply of fresh, clean water delivered throughout your home is non-negotiable. From your kitchen sink to your showerhead to the utility room, patio and beyond, you need your water supply to be reliable, consistent, and clean.
When your home has outdated or damaged pipes, every faucet becomes a potential source of concern. That’s because when pipes aren’t functioning as they were meant to at the time of installation, they can begin to break down. And when pipes break down they can shed foul substances into the water that flows through them. That’s the very same water which gets delivered to you and your family for cooking, brushing your teeth, showering, and drinking!
Camarillo repipe plumbing services from Daniel Fish Plumbing can help you get clean, fresh water flowing through your pipes again. With a full restoration of the pipes in your home, our fast, efficient Camarillo repipe plumbing services can get your household running again so you can get on with living your best life!
Living Your Best Life: Showers Like They Were Meant to Be
The genius who invented the modern shower never meant for people to get scalded when someone flushes the toilet. Nor did they imagine that using the sink in the kitchen would make the shower lose pressure. They also never meant for you to shower under a weak trickle of water.
Showers are meant to relax you and get you clean. For some people, it’s also a mini spa experience where the weight of the world gets washed away in a steady stream of wonderfully relaxing hot water.
That’s never going to happen if your pipes are damaged by time, corrosion, or leaks. Repiping means upgrading your shower experience to the spa-like conditions you deserve!
Clothes That Seem Brighter
One of the unfortunate side effects of bad pipes is rust-colored or yellow water. If you’ve experienced this type of pipe issue, then you know it can wreak havoc on the appearance of your clothing!
Rusty water can cause tinting of your clothes as if they’d been dyed in strong tea. Even darker colors will take on an antiqued, shabby appearance as the oxide pigments transfer through your rusty water and onto the fibers in your clothing.
Dishes That Look Clean Again
Bad pipes can affect your dishes, too. Even when you run your dishes through the dishwasher, corroded pipes delivering sub-standard water can mean dishes just don’t come out sparkling clean-looking. Mineral buildup, inconsistent temperatures, and other pipe issues can cause your dishwasher to malfunction. When minerals and other residues from faulty pipes combine with cooking grease and dishwashing detergent, the result is an industrial-strength residue that gums up the works. This not only prevents your dishwasher from getting your dishes clean, but it’s also a health hazard.
Peace of Mind for Your Family’s Future
Repipe plumbing is a system-wide solution that takes care of your whole house. Rather than simply fixing a leak here and there, we address your plumbing problems at the source. This holistic approach to your home’s plumbing system ensures that not only are your current issues resolved, but you can rest assured knowing your home’s plumbing is in the best possible condition from this point forward. No lurking pipe problems, no issues with your water quality, and nothing but fresh, clean water for your family.
In other words, you can look forward to peace of mind. That’s because repiping takes care of your whole system, eliminating hidden problems that you don’t even know about yet. It’s like any other home improvement that addresses the essentials of daily living: a solid foundation, a good new roof, and energy-efficient windows and doors. It’s part of building a safe, secure home for you and your family for years to come. Repiping a house means you’re solving systemic problems at the root and preventing further deterioration and possible damage to your home.
What Does it Mean to Repipe a House?
Some plumbing problems can be resolved with a quick fix like a patch to plug a leak. But if your pipes are fundamentally flawed (i.e. deteriorating!), those leaks will continue to resurface throughout your home in the months and years to come.
PEX vs. Copper Repiping Jobs
When it comes to your new pipes, you have a choice. Daniel Fish Plumbing uses only the best piping materials: PEX and copper. Here’s the difference between them. (We recommend PEX as the better of the two.)
- Copper Repiping. Copper is, of course, the gold standard when it comes to longevity of pipes. They can last for well over a century and can be used both indoors and outdoors because they are weather resistant. They’re also resistant to corrosion and fire. As you might guess, copper pipes are more expensive than other types. There are two reasons for that:
- Copper itself is more expensive than plastic
- Copper pipes are more difficult to install
- A copper repiping job requires expertise because the rigid metal must be precisely measured, cut, and fitted to exact specifications.
- PEX Repiping. PEX stands for ‘cross-linked polyethylene’ and it’s been around for decades in the USA and even longer in Europe. The first thing you’ll notice about PEX pipes is that they are flexible! That makes them wonderfully easy to install and therefore your price point for a PEX repiping job will typically be lower than for copper.
Advantages of PEX Plumbing:
- Flexible PEX tube is manufactured by extrusion, and shipped and stored on spools, where rigid plastic or metal piping must be cut to some practical length for shipping and storage. This leads to several advantages, including lower shipping and handling costs due to decreased weight and improved storage options.
- PEX plumbing installations require fewer fittings than rigid piping. The flexible tubing can turn 90 degree corners without the need for elbow fittings, and PEX tubing unrolled from spools can be installed in long runs without the need for coupling fittings.
- Attaching PEX tube to fittings does not require soldering, and so eliminates the health hazards involved with lead-based solder and acid fluxes; PEX is also safer to install since a torch is not needed to make connections..
- PEX resists the scale build-up common with copper pipe, and does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water.
- PEX is much more resistant to freeze-breakage than copper or rigid plastic pipe.
- PEX tubing does not transfer heat as readily as copper, and so conserves energy.
- Water flows more quietly through PEX tube, and the characteristic “water hammer” noise of copper pipe systems is virtually eliminated.
- PEX plumbing installations cost less because: PEX is less expensive than copper pipe. Less time is spent running pipe and installing fittings than with rigid pipe systems. Installing fewer fittings reduces the chances for expensive callbacks.
Red Flags to Look For in Your Plumbing
- Rust-colored water
- Water temperatures that vary wildly during water use
- Weak water pressure
Finding signs of damage to your home’s plumbing system can be truly disheartening, especially if you consider the high cost of home renovation. But the good news is you may be able to save a lot of money by repiping.
Residential Repiping FAQs
Q: What is repiping?
A: To repipe a home or business means to install new pipes throughout the building. Typically, only the incoming pipes are replaced because they carry the water that matters most to you and your family.
Q: Why do pipes need replacing?
A: Old copper or galvanized pipes in your home may have corroded over the years. When that happens, any number of problems will begin to develop, such as recurring leaks, low water pressure, rusty-colored water, slab leaks, and more.
Q: What makes a homeowner repipe their home?
A: As conditions deteriorate inside your pipes, you can expect to start seeing signs of water damage to your home’s interior as well as beneath the surface. Many homeowners don’t even know they have a problem until they start seeing these signs of damage.
Q: How can I tell if my plumbing needs repiping?
A: By the time you start noticing the visible signs of bad pipes (i.e. water damage to your walls, floors, or ceilings), your plumbing system has progressed to a later stage of decay. Earlier warning signs include reduced water flow, rusty-colored water, and inconsistent water temperatures in your shower.
Q: I’ve heard horror stories about polybutylene pipes. What are they and why are they a problem?
A: Polybutylene was a cheaper plastic used in pipes that were manufactured in the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. This plastic has since found to be very inferior for use in plumbing systems. Polybutylene pipes are prone to failure and can decrease a home’s value by as much as ten percent!
Q: How do I know if I have the wrong kind of plastic in my existing pipes?
A: Lots of homeowners ask us how to tell if they have Polybutylene pipes. To find out about your system, find the label on your pipes and look for the letters “PB”. Another way is by color: Polybutylene pipes are usually gray, black, or silvery blue.
Q: Can’t I just fix leaks rather than repiping my entire house?
A: Typically, when you see leaks, they can be the sign of a deteriorating plumbing system. The surest sign of copper and galvanized pipes that have begun to fail is a series of leaks that occur over time. As deterioration progresses, you may see an increase in the leaks as well as other symptoms of failing pipes. Finding and patching up all those leaks on your crumbling pipes will add up and it won’t solve the cause of all your problems!
Q: Does it cost a lot to repipe a home?
A: No, it doesn’t, especially when you consider you’re improving quality of life, making your home safer, increasing its value, and preventing major issues later on. In general, our Camarillo repipe plumbing services are provided at fair and reasonable prices. That’s because we’ve been doing repipe jobs for a long time and we’ve honed the process so that we’re fast and efficient.
Q: How long will it take? Will I have to leave my home?
A: You may leave if you want to while our construction team works on your pipes, but you don’t have to. Believe it or not, repiping a house only takes a few days. In that time, we’ll obtain a Camarillo city permit to begin construction, there will be an inspection, and after the repiping there will be drywall to repair. And throughout all this, we’ll never leave you without water!
Q: Do I have any say in what type of pipes will be used in my new plumbing system?
A: Absolutely! You can choose between copper and PEX pipes. To help you choose, we’ve provided a detailed explanation of the difference between the two materials.
Q: Is Copper better than PEX?
A: Comparing copper and PEX pipes is really a matter of priorities and preference. If you’re familiar with copping piping, you may know that there’s a very slight sound when the water travels through the pipes. That hardly gets noticed, typically, but homeowners who aren’t used to the sound may want to consider PEX pipes, as they are known to be quieter.
PEX repiping is also offered at a lower price point than copper repiping jobs. Both types of pipes are safe, clean, and sound solutions for your residential piping system.
Facts About PEX Repiping
If you’re considering choosing PEX pipes, here’s some more information to help you make an informed decision. PEX pipes are…
- Resistant to scale
- Resistant to chlorine
- Won’t corrode when exposed to acidic water
- Won’t develop pinholes
- Faster to install
- Water runs through silently
- Energy efficient, since it does not transfer heat as readily as copper
- Has fewer connections and fittings than copper pipes
- Can turn a 90° corner with no need for elbow fittings
- Can be installed without the need for coupling fittings
- No soldering needed
- No health hazards from lead-based solder and acid fluxes
- Safer to install — no torch needed
- Great for use with radiant heating systems in slab floors or walkways
- Shipped & stored in spools so it’s easier to transport
- Has easier storage options
- Lower shipping and handling costs
Gas pipes are prone to damage, too, as any homeowner is probably well aware. Gas leaks can be deadly, so pipe corrosion is a serious issue. Daniel Fish Plumbing can assess your pipes, consult with you on your options, and conduct a safe and thorough gas repiping project in your home with minimal downtime and disruption to you and your family.
Most of the Camarillo repipe plumbing jobs we do are for pipes that carry water into homes. But sometimes it’s the outgoing pipes that need replacing. If your home has cast iron or galvanized steel lines out to the city sewer system, you should find out if they are corroding. Rust deposits can build up, causing blockages, drain clogs, and leaks. One sign that this is happening in your home is a foul odor coming from your drains. Some homeowners find that during a repiping job, it makes sense to have a drain repipe job done at the same time.
If you live in Camarillo, repipe plumbing is just a phone call away. Daniel Fish is a full-service plumbing company that specializes in copper and PEX repiping for homeowners who live in the Camarillo area.