Three Most Common Water Supply Pipes in Sacramento
I had a client who had very low water flow in several of their plumbing fixtures. After taking a few things, it became apparent that the pipes were the problem. The galvanized pipes have started to rust on the inside of the walls of the pipe. As the rust develops, it begins to reduce the amount of water that can flow through the pipe. Some of the pipes were nearly closed entirely.
Most Common Types of Plumbing Pipes
- Galvanized Steel Pipe
- Copper Pipe
- Pex Pipe and Tubing
Galvanized steel pipe is found in older homes and can still be found in many homes in the Sacramento Region. Steel pipe is corrosive and will rust over time. Repairing the pipe can be cumbersome and time consuming if a leak were found in the home.
Copper Pipe is non-corrosive and will not rust. It is lighter than galvanized steel but soldering the pipe can be messy and may require a professional to be call. This is not something a first time homeowner will want to tackle.
Pex tubing is the latest innovation in the plumbing industry and can be found in many of the newer homes in Sacramento. This product is easy to install, easy to make repairs, and is energy efficient. Since it is sensitive to UV rays, it can not be used in outdoor applications.
All three of these plumbing water supply pipes can be found throughout Sacramento. If you are not sure which type is in your home, you can call a professional and have it checked. You can easily check for yourself. Check where the water enters the building, look at the pipes that stick through the walls in the bathrooms and kitchen, or take a peek under the building.
Knowing the type of water supply pipes that you have will help in answering some common problems that you may have in your Sacramento home.