Like everything else in your home, your pipes have a cap on how long they’ll remain functional. It can be difficult to figure out exactly what that lifespan is, especially because a lot of your home’s plumbing is hidden. Here at Hansen’s plumbing made this guide to help you determine which pipes to replace right away and which ones you can put off for at least a few years to save on your Fillmore Plumbing repairs.
There are some materials that were used to construct pipes at one time or another that we now understand are either extremely dangerous or are prone to breakage. These pipe materials include:
Lead was one of the first materials used in plumbing in part because of its stability and its malleability. We now know that it is an incredibly toxic material that can lead to poisoning and even death. The Romans knew this well, as they were one of the main players in the creation of modern plumbing. Ancient Romans suffered from lead poisoning quite often. Due to the lead contamination in their water, and the lead plates and glasses they used. So, Lead was banned from being used in the transportation of drinking water and other uses as well.
Polybutylene pipes were used extensively from 1978 until 1995 because of the low cost of materials and installation. They were even viewed as the “pipe of the future” and were looked as a replacement for copper pipes. Unfortunately, what homeowners didn’t know at the time was that polybutylene is an incredibly brittle type of plastic. That is prone to breaking or shattering which could cause water damage in your home needing Fillmore plumbing repairs.
Aside from lead and polybutylene pipes, most other materials should last a long time in your home, and without major issues. For a breakdown of the lifetimes for each material, see below:
Copper – 70-80 years
Brass – 80-100 years
Galvanized Steel – 80-100 years
Cast Iron – 80-100 years
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) – 25-40
If you think the pipes in your home are reaching the end of their lifetimes, then don’t hesitate to contact Hansen’s Plumbing for a consultation. We’ll help you with Fillmore plumbing repairs or if it’s time for a full repiping of your home’s plumbing. Call Hansen’s Plumbing today or visit our website to learn more about how we can help make your plumbing more efficient in Fillmore!
The drain clog and the slow drain are, unfortunately, basic problems for plumbing systems that can never be completely banished even with a Ventura Commercial Plumber. Whether you’re a local business owner or a commercial property owner, you may need to schedule drain cleaning or other major drain and sewer line repairs through a Ventura Commercial Plumber. But a clogged drain shouldn’t be a regular occurrence. And you shouldn’t see water backing up through drains when you run the washing machine, or water come up through a shower drain the nearby toilet is flushed. These indicate bigger clogging issues in the sewer line—and that’s when a pipeline inspection is the best option with a Ventura commercial plumber. Here at Hansen’s Plumbing, we have a Ventura Commercial Plumber ready to help you with any and all of your plumbing needs.
In the bad ol’ days of plumbing, trying to figure out what was going wrong in a residential or commercial sewer line took plenty of guesswork. Even the best plumbers could guess wrong, making it necessary to try a few times to discover the best way to fix the problem. This often involved digging. Thanks to modern pipeline inspection equipment, a plumber can rapidly discover what’s gone wrong by looking at the pipeline from the inside. There are many benefits to using this technology:
Trying to diagnose the trouble with a sewer line can mean a lot of trial-and-error. Pipeline inspection equipment cuts down on how long it takes to discover what repairs or cleaning needs to be done to fix the sewer line. All the plumber must do is insert a fiber optic cable with a digital camera and LED light at its end down into the clean-out for the sewer line. The plumber can then see the pipe from the inside on monitors and have answers in only minutes.
There are many different potential problems with sewer lines: tree root infiltration, extreme corrosion, the build-up of solid debris, sagging pipes, and FOG (grease, fats, and oils). Each requires a different repair solution. A pipeline inspection gives a plumber an exact diagnosis of the trouble and the best way to deal with it. (And this helps make the process go even faster.)
Before video pipe inspection services became common, the brute force method of finding out what was wrong with a sewer line was to dig down to the pipe itself. Not only did this take up time, it made a mess across the property as well, and it meant extra work to re-landscape the area after the work was done. Pipeline inspection equipment goes in laterally—no need to dig at all.
No matter the size of your home or business, it’s vital that you only permit a licensed plumber to handle inspection of your property’s sewer line. The equipment is not only too expensive for you to purchase just for this one job, it also requires extensive training to operate correctly—not to mention be able to do the repair work necessary afterward. Rely on Hansen’s Plumbing for great pipeline inspections in Ventura
Summer is almost everyone’s favorite season, and about that time for plumbing pipe service. People go on vacation, kids are home from school, and there’s something to do every weekend. Everyone can’t help but feel good from all the vitamin D they’re soaking up. Among all the other things that happen during the summer, there are also changes to your plumbing ecosystem happening every year. Warm months can be hard on your plumbing. The heat and activity put your pipes and fixtures under new and varied strains. The best way to handle these new strains are to be prepared for them with a plumbing pipe service. Check out the most common summer plumbing issues and how to address them.
More people in your home leads to more stress on your plumbing system.During the summer, there are more people at home all at once. Kids are out of school and home more often, and usually less cognizant of plumbing best practices than adults. Pay closer attention to common plumbing problems like clogged drains, garbage disposal best practices, and the like. This attention can help you keep small problems from getting big in the face of increased summer foot traffic.Having a plumbing pipe service will prevent many problems from occuring.
Outdoor plumbing fixtures commonly develop rust, cracks, and leaks during off months. It’s high time you check on your outdoor plumbing fixtures. This includes looking at outdoor faucets for cracks and leaks, your gutters for back-ups, and sprinklers. Sprinklers especially. If you water your lawn or have kids at home, your sprinkler is likely a close friend during the summer. They can cause a lot of waste if they’ve developed unnoticed cracks or leaks during the cold months. Fix them with a plumbing pipe service early in the season so you can enjoy them without upping your water bill later on.
Gas or sewer line disturbances due to summer planting. June, July, and August are an ideal season for gardening. Whether you’re planting tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or squash – you have to pay attention to where it’s going. Gas and sewer lines are frequently located in your yard. Know where they are before you dig and make sure you’re not about to cut into any pipes with your shovel.
No matter the time of year, day of the week, or hour of the day, Hansen’s Plumbing has your back. Call us when you need help protecting your home’s plumbing in the summer, or any other time of year in California.
Early plumbing leak detection needs to be a priority in California, for both home and business owners. Water pipes succumb to leaks for several reasons, primarily from corrosion.
Hansen’s Plumbing Leak Detection Specialist will preform a Non-Invasive leak detection assesment. Water dripping behind walls, under floors, and a lot of other places most people don’t notice, until significant damage is done. The longer they are allowed to continue, the damage is done.
Beside the high repair costs and water loss, there are also health risks associated with a water leak. Harmful mold and mildew, along with contaminants which can make the water harmful to consume.
Keep an eye on your water bill. If it is higher than normal it can mean you have a leak. Test your water meter by turning all water and water using appliances off. Check the reading on the water meter. Check back in about 20 to 30 minutes. The meter should have the same reading and should not be showing a consumption.
Listen for any sounds of water running when everything is turned off. If you can hear it, you may have a leak.
Warm areas on the floor is an indication of a slab leak. Check for any discoloration or stains on the walls or floors. Also, look for any unexplained mold or mildew. Or if you notice a musty odor inside your home.
Because plumbing pipes are mostly contained behind the scenes, finding them isn’t always easy. That’s why it is typically more economical to have the help of a Hansen’s Plumbing professional.
Simple leaks can quickly turn into costly problems, often times we don’t notice the problem until it’s too late. It’s important to stay up to date and vigilant with your homes or business maintenance. Call Hansen’s Plumbing today for a free estimate in California.
When it comes to residential plumbing, the last thing a homeowner wants to see is a bathroom or basement filled with raw sewage. It’s gross, and life comes to a complete standstill. There’s no laundry. There are no showers. There’s no going to the bathroom. What should be going down is now coming back up. When there’s a major clog or standing water in your yard, you’ll need a sewer inspection.
Most normal clogs happen near the beginning of the pipe and impact only one area. For example, hair clogging a shower drain won’t impact the toilet or the kitchen sink. When the clog happens further down the line, it’s more difficult to diagnose.
Often times over the counter products work with small clogs. But when dirty water is backing up in multiple areas, you need reliable plumbers to take care of the situation. There are many things that could be causing the problem, such as tree roots breaking through and causing a blockage, damage to the pipe itself, and items blocked deep in the pipe. The problem could also stem from a mix of all of these and more. The best way to find out is with a sewer pipe inspection.
Your home is a maze of pipes that all link up to the main sewer line to get rid of used water. With a sewer inspection, our team uses a camera that will go into your pipes to see what’s causing the problem.
The plumbing problem is not likely to be happening anywhere near your sinks or toilets; it’s more likely happening near where the pipes link up or even further down the line. The camera is small and able to manage the twists and turns of the pipes and show us not only what the issue is, but how far into the sewer pipes it is located. Once we know what and where, we can decide the best way to take care of it.
Don’t gamble with the health of your family. Call Hansen’s right away if you suspect there may be an issue.
Many times, people are worried about the cost associated with major plumbing work, but when sewage is backing up into the home or yard, it’s not something that can wait. That’s because sewage isn’t just regular water; it’s filled with bacteria and other contaminated materials that are health hazards.
Let us keep your home and family safe.
Do you feel like you’re drowning in house repairs? If so, it’s time to put Hansen’s Plumbing services to the test! You don’t know what you don’t know, right? You constantly hear about plumbing services, but do you really know what services are being offered? We recognize that things fall apart, but we are here to put them back together and flush away any problems. Is your garbage disposal acting up? Are you experiencing a toilet issue or a leaking faucet?
Our skilled team has solved a multitude of services big and small 24/7:
Failed piping or supply lines might not be covered under your homeowners insurance if your pressure regulator is not functioning correctly and you have a pipe failure. We install or repair any issues to prevent any future negative effects on the operation of your water supply.
Whether you are in the midst of the heat or caught in the snow, it is important to keep your water heater serviced. We will flush out the mineral buildup and replace the anode rod that protects your tank. Hansen’s will provide you with expertise on the correct size and type of water heater to fit your every need.
We also offer backflow test and repair.
Better safe than sorry! We perform smoke testing to identify any failures in your waste and vent system to prevent any sewer gas or waste from going into your home.
With video line inspections, we educate you on what’s inside your lines and where to prevent future damage. We can identify any failures in your sewer and have also found toys and jewelry among other things.
When cable machine cleaning is not enough, we rely on our hydro jet drain cleaning, which uses high pressure water into a drain to eliminate debris, clear tree roots and clean drain walls.
We know it can be draining to deal with recurring plumbing inconveniences, but Hansen’s is licensed, insured and bonded and ensure best practices in all that we do for our clients.
Listen friends, your home is perfect just the way it is. Hansen’s Plumbing is here to help keep it that way. Unless you want a change… then we remodel too. ☺
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