Water & Gas Lines
Building a new home, adding onto an existing structure, remodeling or re-piping, since the advent of modern plumbing metal pipes were the norm, but plastic has been steadily becoming the plumbing material of choice as a replacement. Not all pipes are created equally, each having pros and cons over the others. Metal pipes include copper, galvanized steel and stainless steel, while plastic options include PVC, CPVC and PEX.
As of 2010, the vast majority of homes in America are equipped with natural gas. Natural gas runs through plumbing in our homes to provide heat sources to appliances such as water heaters, ovens, stoves, dryers and heaters. Although all of these appliances can be replaced with electric types, gas is still very common.
Copper piping has been used for supplying water to homes and other building for many years. This long-lasting pipe is easy to connect and can be used in a variety of situations both inside and outside the building. Due to its reliability and durability, it became very popular in the 1960s and quickly became the standard material. Copper is resistant to high temperatures and corrosion, but it may split if water freezes in the pipe in very cold weather.
PVC was the first plastic pipe to gain widespread use as a home plumbing material, offering an alternative to copper and galvanized pipe. PVC's greatest advantage is that it's easy to work with and can be installed quickly. It does not conduct electricity, and it doesn't lose hot water heat as easily as copper does. Unlike copper or galvanized pipes, it will not corrode when exposed to aggressive water, making PVC extremely durable for long-term use. PVC is flexible, lightweight and easy to use, making it popular with do-it-yourself plumbers and professionals.
PEX is a flexible plastic tubing developed in the late 1960s for water piping. Available in Europe for years, it was first brought to the United States in the 1980s. PEX is easier to install than copper pipe, withstands extremes in temperature and is resistant to chemicals used in today's plumbing environment. Designed for long pipe runs with few fittings, it's durable. Another benefit to PEX plumbing is its flexibility, enabling it to follow curves, eliminating joints that are prone to leaking.
Many older homes still have galvanized piping throughout the house. The galvanized metal pipes will begin to rust and cause a metallic taste to the water. Additionally, when the rust becomes bad enough, than can low water pressure, it will leach into the water and discolor it. To solve this problem, replace the galvanized pipes in the house with PVC, or PEX pipe.
When building or remodeling your home, you may need to deal with natural gas lines. In many parts of the country, regulations require that natural gas be carried by black pipe. Many appliances in a common household, such as laundry dryers and stove tops, use natural gas as a fuel source. Black pipe, most commonly used for gas piping, comes in 3/8 inch, ½ inch, and ¾ inch diameters. The main problem with black iron pipe-especially in the home is leakage at connector spots. It requires a lot of work to fix these leaks, which is why many people no longer use black iron pipes.
Flexible gas lines are used to carry natural gas or liquefied petroleum (LP gas or propane) from a gas main into a home, where the fuel powers appliances. Flexible lines may be used to connect buildings or to connect new appliances to an existing gas system. Available in coils of up to 1,000 feet or in shorter lengths as connectors with fittings in place, corrugated stainless steel tubing is a popular flexible gas line for indoor and outdoor applications. FIX-R-US Professionals Tech can repair or replace your existing old damaged rusted pipes, also connect or install your gas appliances. Call now…