Alternative Materials for Line Piping


If you live in an older house, your plumbing lines may need to be replaced sooner than you think. Depending on the type of material used for your water and sewage pipes, leaks can and will occur over time. These may develop gradually or come on unexpectedly, particularly if you live in a region prone to cold winter temperatures.

Since the last thing anyone needs is a burst pipe in the middle of the freezing season, it would serve you well to contact a licensed Tampa plumber to carry out a full service system inspection.

This is not to say by any means that your existing lines are in immediate jeopardy – they very well may have decades of life left. The point is that the only way to know this for sure is to have a detailed assessment completed. Most Tampa plumbers charge between $75-$100 for this service, which is far cheaper than having to replace a damaged water line!

Are Your Tampa Plumbing Lines on the Line?

It is important to note that water supply lines typically do not last as long as drain pipes, mainly due to the fact that they are under a much higher degree of pressure on a consistent basis. These lines are also much more likely to cause significant damage where leaks are concerned.

The three primary materials used in these kind of lines are brass, copper, and galvanized steel. The former two can last upwards of 70 years in some instances, while steel usually has a high-end lifespan of 50 years, though some have been known to break down within a couple of decades. Cast iron was the original material used in residential drainage systems, and it can last upwards of a century in ideal conditions. However, since most of the existing homes that feature this metal are just as old, upgrading to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is often necessary.

The two Tampa plumbing line materials to be wary of are polybutylene and lead. They are prone to damage and are hazardous. Call us if you suspect you have these types of pipes.

To extend the longevity of your water and sewage pipes, you need to take care of them properly, and that means addressing any defects (no matter how small) the moment they are discovered. Give us a call at The Pampering Plumber to learn more about our Tampa plumbing services, including maintenance, installations and repairs.

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