Did you know you can have a hot water even in a power outage with a tankless water heater with battery backup or propane generator?
Because water pipes don’t last forever!!!
Just like paint, roofing, or any other part of a home water pipes need replacement. Whether your pipes are copper or galvanized steel, at some point they will fail, and the best time to replace them is before they start causing damage and racking up multiple repair costs.
How to tell if water pipes need replacement
It’s not always easy to tell the condition of a pipe from the outside. Normally before leaks develop there is corrosion happening inside of there pipe. Many times if leaks develop it is a sign that the entire system is beginning to fail because all of the pipe is most likely the same age and has had the same water running through it. Leaks are not the only reason to repipe. The pipe in the picture above was someones water line. The rust and corrosion on the inside restricts the flow of water and was also flaking off which clogged up aerators on faucets and was ruining cartridges in shower valves and faucets, not to mention their drinking water is running through it.
What type of material is used to repipe water lines?
PVC is normally used on the outside of the house and copper or pex is used inside. Pex is a cost effective and easy to install material and has a good track record. Copper is more expensive and takes longer to install but is a great choice. A combination of pex and copper is what we normally use to give some of the good qualities of copper withouts breaking the bank. Normally we stub copper out of the walls or floor for faucets and toilets because it is not flexible and looks straight coming out of the wall, we also use it many times on shower valves to give a more solid feel. Either way you can’t go wrong and will end up with a job that will give you peace of mind for years to come!
Why choose Optimized?
There is a difference!!! When comparing companies quality matters. A repipe job is only as good as the installation. Our training sets us apart. You can see in the picture above a Moen positemp shower valve that has been blocked for support. The copper joints are clean and shiny. You can see solder all of the way around and the cups are full. The solder is on the pipe and fittings where it should be and not dripping down the pipe. We take the time to do it right!! The copper pipe and fittings are cleaned, deburred, fluxed, and heated properly to create a joint that looks good and lasts. The cartridge is pulled before soldering and then re-installed to protect it from the heat of the torch. All of these steps make a quality job that will give you peace of mind.
What should be included with a water line re-pipe job?
Normally replacement is needed from the water meter through the house to each fixture including the angle stop shutoff valves and flex lines to faucets or toilets. Shower valves normally should be re-done at the same time and can sometimes be accesses from the back side of the wall to save tile or a shower enclosure from being ripped out. If you are thinking about a water filter it’s good to install it at the same time as the re-pipe is done.
Will the house have to be torn apart to install new water pipes?
Normally the new pipes can be run in a crawl space or attic and very little drywall tear out and repair is required. Most of the work can be done while leaving your water on so you can still live in your house while work is being complete. The water is normally turned off in the morning and back on in the afternoon on the last day of work.
Call to get a quote on re-piping your water lines today 209-743-9821
Optimized Plumbing & Piping is Sonora, Ca based plumbing and water heating company capable of all aspects of the plumbing industry. We are proud to offer specialized skills in Water Heater Installation and Repair. Whether it is a Repair, Replacement, or an upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater, or any other energy efficient model….we can help! If you use hydronic heating or radiant floor heating we can provide boiler replacement too.
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Our training sets us apart!
We are skilled in the installation and repair of all existing types and brands of Water Heaters currently on the market. We have level 2 training from Navien America to install or service their premium condensing tankless water heaters. We are certified from AO Smith to install heat pump water heaters. We have also taken classes from AO Smith University on residential gas and electric water heater installation and service. We participate in the California Solar Initiative and have gone through the training to make our customers eligible for rebates on solar water heaters. This is on top of the 5 years of classroom and on the job training our technicians have in the plumbing, and water heating industry. We think this makes us the most well trained company in the area, and you will see the difference in the quality of work and you can rest assured that our installations won’t put you or your family in danger.
Solar thermal ( Solar water heaters)
Solar water heaters consist of collector panels, a storage tank, pump, and a heat exchanger. The collectors heat a glycol solution that is circulated through them with a pump. That glycol solution moves to a heat exchanger which transfers the heat from the sun to you potable water and stores it in a tank for later use. Solar water heaters are great because they can save you a lot of money on energy bills, and they last for years.
Tankless water heaters
Tankless water heaters are a great way to save on your home energy cost, and condensing tankless water heaters are even better! A condensing tankless water heater can have an energy factor of .98 and is so efficient at using all of the heat generated by combustion that the flue pipe can be run in PVC pipe. Another energy saving feature is tunlike other tankless models where a pilot light must stay lit these models will light the flame electrically so no more wasted gas from a pilot light that always stays lit.
Hybrid water heaters
Hybrid water heaters use a heat pump when possible to heat water more efficiently than standard electric water heaters. They come with a powered anode rod which means less maintenance, and a longer lifespan than a standard water heater. They are fully electric and require no gas connection or flue pipe. They are a great choice if you want to replace an old electric water heater with a new model because they can reduce heating costs by up to 66%.
Standard water heaters (tank water heaters)
Whether you want an electric water heater or gas water heater we only install good quality. All of our water heater installations use water heaters with brass fittings instead of plastic. This is because we believe if it needs to be done, it needs to be done right. You will find that the other materials we use are high quality as well whether it’s a gas valve and flex connector, or water shutoff valve and flex connectors we make sure you have good quality material installed to uniform plumbing code specifications to ensure years of trouble free use, and the safety of you and your family.
With our specialization in Water Heaters we have come to find most homes are in need of a Water Heater upgrade. These days there are many options to save you time and money when it comes to providing hot water for your family or business. Please call us Today to schedule your water heater installation at 209-352-4294. We provide water heater installations, and service for Tuolumne County, and Calaveras County, including the towns of Sonora, Twain Harte, Mi Wuk Village, Groveland, Copperopolis, Angels Camp, Murphys, Arnold, and San Andreas.
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