One of the most exciting things for a person in life is buying a new home, especially a new build home. If you are planning on building a home from scratch in Vancouver, WA, you are likely aware that time, thought and energy needs to be put into the home’s plumbing systems. This holds true for home remodeling too if you are seeking to update your outdated plumbing systems. If you are faced with a major remodeling job or the daunting task of designing a new home you will need a competent qualified plumbing service that can help you navigate the many challenges posed by installing plumbing from scratch.
In Vancouver, WA, and the surrounding area, new home construction is on the rise. In fact nationwide, despite a lumber shortage, new home construction is increasing. New build home construction has risen every year for the past five years in a row. The housing market is in a boom period, which means a higher demand for plumbing service to install new plumbing systems. If you are choosing to install brand new plumbing the good news is that this gives you the opportunity to do it right. Pilot Plumbing can help you with choosing the best plumbing system to not only suit your needs but also a plumbing system that uses the latest technology and techniques. Did you know that each year customers across the nation save a combined estimated $16.2 billion dollars per year in part due to today’s modern efficient plumbing offered by your local plumbing professional?
If you have a major home remodeling going on or plan to build a new home, here are some of the top things to consider as far as plumbing goes when plumbing a home from scratch.
Innovations in Plumbing
In the last century, it used to be that all plumbing materials were made of metal. Sadly lead was often used in home plumbing systems. Today you have a wide variety of options to choose from, such as plastics and alloys. This is welcome news for any homeowner since the price of metals has skyrocketed over the last decade. Take for example the price of copper, as of this writing the price of raw copper is $4.26 per pound. That does not factor in the finished product such as copper pipes. Your local plumbing service can point you in the direction of superior materials that will last a lifetime without breaking the bank. Plastic piping options for example work well and offer you a material that is cheaper than metal along with being resistant to corrosion. Pilot Plumbing offers customers the best choices of materials on the market today along with using the latest technology and techniques that plumbing service has to offer.
Choosing The Best Pipes
Picking out the right pipes is a long-term decision. This one decision will impact the water you use for your daily life. Whether you’re building a brand new home or renovating an older home, the choice you make for pipes will have long-lasting ramifications for you and your family. This is one choice you likely do not want to leave in the hands of your contractor. You want to choose pipes that are free of leaks, are long-lasting, and have minimal maintenance for you. While you will need to factor in cost you also need to consider how long the pipes will last you, as laying down new pipes is a costly endeavor, one you should never have to do twice. Three of the most common pipe materials used are PVC, copper, and PEX. Let’s examine all three that are offered by your local plumbing service, shall we?
By far the most common pipes used today in new construction, these pipes are made from inexpensive yet long-lasting durable polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC. These pipes are not only long-lasting but also temperature change-resistant. These pipes can last 100 years or more without the need for replacement, so for durability and cost, these pipes are a go-to. These pipes are also easy to install compared to say copper pipes. These pipes are also inexpensive.
These pipes, while strong and crack-resistant are your most expensive option. If you use these pipes for drinking water be aware that these pipes are prone to pitting and corrosion, which causes tiny copper particles to break free into your water supply. If this happens you will notice a difference in water quality. These pipes also need to be replaced well before PVC pipes, adding to the lifecycle cost of this type of pipe. These types of pipes cost more to install with a plumbing service as it is a labor-intensive job to install copper pipes.
Pex pipes are another form of plastic pipes, much like PVC but with key differences. Pex piping is the new and improved version of PVC piping. These pipes offer flexibility for increased functionality. They have the ability to bend without the need for joiners, so these are easier to install than PVC pipes. These pipes are capable of expanding up to three times their normal size, so they withstand freezing temperatures. These pipes can last up to 100 years or longer without degrading in the slightest. They are also resistant to many of the common pitfalls copper pipes have such as pitting, scaling, and corrosion. These pipes are recommended by many plumbing services. One added benefit of these pipes is their low thermal conductivity, meaning they will keep your hot water heated longer. This translates to energy savings as it gives your hot water tank a big break. These pipes are quick and easy to install making them a favorite of many of your local plumbing service companies.
If you are in the market for new pipes, be it for a new build home or to upgrade your older homes pipes, Pilot Plumbing & Drain of Vancouver, WA is here to assist you! Call us for an estimate or with any questions you may have regarding new pipes and plumbing. Call us today and see why our customers call us the superior plumbing service!