Residential Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes (PVC) Replacement
Serving Vancouver WA – Camas WA – Battle Ground WA
Many houses, apartments, and trailers are fitted with PVC pipes, which are made from a polyvinyl chloride plastic polymer. This type of piping is an improvement upon the steel galvanized pipes of the 1960’s but is still prone to various issues including leaking, cracking, and clogging. If you’re having issues with your PVC plumbing then you may need a partial or complete piping to replace the plastic tubing, or upgrade to another pipe material such as PEX.
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Residential PVC Plastic Repiping
There are several reasons homeowners elect to replace plastic pipes. The most common reason for plastic repiping is cracked and broken pipes resulting from clogs, improper fittings, and changes in temperature. When plastic pipes become clogged, either acutely or continuously over time, extra pressure is exerted on all fittings near the clog. This can create leaks and cracked fittings, elbows and connectors.
Plastic fittings may also crack or fail if they weren’t properly installed when your home was built, or if a previous owner tried to repair piping on their own. Professional plumbing services are required to properly repair this type of piping.
Sudden changes in temperature can also create cracks and breaks in your plastic piping. Any lengths of plastic piping exposed to winter temperatures are likely to crack if not properly insulated. Heating of basements and crawlspaces may also be necessary for homes in colder climates, to prevent the cracking and freezing of plastic water supply lines.
Replacement of Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes
Polyvinyl chloride pipes often need replacement due to cracking and leaking. It’s important to address any leaks in your plastic piping as soon as you notice them, otherwise you could end up with standing water on your floors or under your cabinets, as leaks tend to grow quickly in a short period of time.
If you are in need of residential repiping for you plastic pipes then contact an experienced plumber or company such as Clark County Plumbing & Drain. This company services the Vancouver, Camas, and Battle Ground communities of WA, as well as neighboring areas. You can have your plastic pipes replaced with newer identical pieces, or even upgrade to the energy-efficient PEX piping that’s being used by plumbers a lot in recent years.