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The Problem with Aging Copper and Galvanized Pipes

symptoms of corroded copper pipe include pinhole leaks, low water pressure, and discolored water

Copper and galvanized pipes are safe and durable. However, as they age, costly problems may develop. The initial signs will be pinhole leaks in copper pipes, and lower water pressure and discolored water in galvanized pipes. Leaks can cause water damage and mold contamination throughout your property.

Galvanized pipes rust from the inside out much like a clogged artery, slowly strangling and contaminating your water supply. In many galvanized pipes, discolored poor-tasting water is a sign of problems. Higher water bills signal the possibility of leaks in areas that may not be visible, under slabs or underground. Once the leaks start, they tend to accelerate. Soon, the combination of increased water bills, plumbing repairs, property damage and loss of tenants or residents will exceed the cost of replacing the pipe. Property value will decrease, and chances are good that the replacement of pipe will be a precondition of a sale. It's a good idea to replace the pipes before the problems become too costly.

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Aging pipes may not look this bad on the outside.
Often, the damage is only visible on the inside.

The Savings Can Be Significant

One owner of a multi-family apartment complex estimated that the cost of living with aging pipes amounted to nine times the cost of replacing the pipes. He factored in the costs of leak repair, higher water bills, higher resident turnover, lower rental rates, and lagging property value. Others have estimated the savings paid for the cost of the repipe in a short few years. For most homeowners, the cost of repiping a home is much less than expected.

It's Remarkable How Easy a Repipe Can Be

SageWater and Plumbing Express (the single family service branch of SageWater) have developed their unique One Call Repipe process over the course of 23 years. It allows occupants to remain in their home or work space while the repipe is completed. The process is fast, efficient, and extremely cost-effective. All the work is done by our in-house crews, so there are no delays and hassles dealing with multiple trades. It only takes One Call to do it all.