Bud Matthews Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Repiping’

Is It Safe to Have Plastic Pipes for Drinking Water?

Monday, September 17th, 2018

cpvc-pipesYou want your family to have clean drinking water—it’s the least you can expect from the water in your home! But sometimes water treatment systems are necessary, such as water purifiers and filters.

But what about the pipes in your house? We often hear questions from our customers about whether their pipes may be adding toxins into the water supply. Plastic pipes are becoming more common for both hot and cold water lines carrying fresh water, and we’re going to take a look at any safety concerns your home’s plumbing may have.

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Copper and Plastic: A Look at Modern Piping Materials

Monday, August 21st, 2017

cpvc-pipesOne of the most important jobs we perform as a plumbing contractor in Durham, NC is piping service. This can mean as small a task as taking out damaged and leaking pipes and putting in new ones, all the way to full whole-house repiping where our plumbers systematically remove outdated pipes from an older house and replace them with upgraded materials.

Since the primary audience here at our website isn’t professional plumbers, you may not know exactly what outdated piping materials are or what type of material needs to replace them. There are multiple options when it comes to repiping, and we’re going to take a look at the three most common and how they’re put to use.

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Why Is Copper So Common for Home Plumbing?

Monday, May 1st, 2017

copper-piping-and-fixturesIf you’ve ever thought about repiping your home in Durham, NC, or you’ve had it done at some point, the majority of new pipes used for the job are made from copper. Plastic piping, such as CPVC and PEX play an important part in repiping, often for hot water lines and in restrictive spaces where their flexibility is helpful. But copper pipes are the mainstay of modern home plumbing systems.

What is the reason that copper overtook older metals like galvanized steel, which was for decades the standard for residential piping?

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Your Copper Pipes Can Corrode: Here’s How

Monday, February 20th, 2017

leaking-pipeAs a professional plumbing contractor, we’re used to handling an enormous range of different services for homeowners. Basically, when you need plumbing help, even for plumbing emergencies Durham, NC, you can count on us to get the job done, no matter what it is.

But there are some plumbing jobs we do more frequently than others. One of our basic services is working on plumbing pipes. This makes sense, as all plumbing systems requires pipes of some kind. Older homes may still have steel or iron pipes (we recommend having repiping in these cases) but the modern home plumbing system relies on copper and various types of plastic, such as CPVC and PEX.

There’s a belief about copper that it will not suffer from corrosion. It’s true that copper is more resistant to corrosion than steel or iron is. But there are a number of specific types of corrosion that will affect copper and lead. If your copper pipes are leaking, you’ll need our professional assistance to repair or replace them and prevent issues from re-occurring.

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