Three Most Common Water Supply Pipes in Sacramento

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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.

 rusted pipe in sacramento


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.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Seems tome the pex systems are by far the best approach to internal plumbing but I will leave that to the experts.

Jun 28, 2012 05:54 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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It sure seems that way doesn't Gary. There doesn't appear to be any real disadvantage to the homeowner or professional.

Jun 28, 2012 05:57 AM #2
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John McCormack
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Good morning Tom -

We're seeing Pex Pipe and Tubing as you said, in the newer homes.  Makes sense to this (non-professional) to be used. 

Have a great Thursday in all you do.

John

Jun 28, 2012 06:16 AM #3
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Mike Young
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I always find it amazing to see what we have been drinking from in those old house all these years. Yuk. We are finding that the bad guys don't steal pex as often as they do copper too.

Jun 28, 2012 07:13 AM #4
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Peg Barcelo
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Ick, Tom, to think that's what we're drinking from! Pex is the way to go! We replumbed our whole house in pex and there's no rattles or leaks, it's all good!

Jun 28, 2012 07:18 AM #5
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Tom - We occasionally still see some polybutelene pipe on 80's homes - the stuff that was nationally recalled and has the tendency to shatter without warning. That stuff is a real deal killer - expensive to replace and scary to the buyer.

Jun 28, 2012 07:59 AM #6
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Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
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Tom, looks like we all need to read up on Pex tubing.  I continue to be concerned about the safety of the water we drink after it flows through all varieties of pipe.

Jun 28, 2012 11:13 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks for the confirmation John, it does make sense.

Jun 28, 2012 07:18 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I never considered the theft issue Mike, no real demand for that type of plastic on the black market.  :)

Jun 28, 2012 07:19 PM #9
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Tom, I like when you talk "dirty" pipes like that.

Those who are looking into PEX do a little research because there are 3 types of PEX (PEX A being the best my opnion) and the connectors are not created equal.

Jun 28, 2012 07:49 PM #10
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
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Yik, I hope that was not the pipe for drinking water? Yep, I still drink tap water but then we get our drinking water right from the  Smith River, the cleanest river in the US, I understand.

Jun 28, 2012 09:02 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Peg, no rattles, creaks, or leaks! That's good too!

Jun 28, 2012 09:55 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I don't see the poly pipes here in Sacramento Dick. It may still exist but I haven't come across it.

Jun 28, 2012 09:55 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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That sounds like good advice Sharon. If the new homes are being installed with it, we better get a better understanding about it.

Jun 28, 2012 09:56 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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This sounds like a future post Donald, what do you think?

 

 

Jun 28, 2012 09:57 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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The Smith River must be pretty clean Hella.

Jun 28, 2012 09:58 PM #16
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Tom, we put PEX pipes in a custom home we built and sold a couple of years ago. Another nice thing about using PEX vs. copper in new construction is a scary five-letter word: T-H-E-F-T! Copper is a lot more valuable than PEX. :)

Leilani

Jun 29, 2012 12:36 AM #17
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I hadn't thought about that until Mike Young had mentioned it, that is a very good point Leilani!

Jun 29, 2012 01:11 AM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

This is important information about pipes in homes, Tom!  I'm one of those folks, who has galvanized pipe in my home!  I often envy the newer Pex type pipes I see in newer construction!  But at my house, if something isn't broke, I don't fix it:-)

Jul 02, 2012 08:53 PM #19
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That is good advice Myrl, don't fix something that isn't broken.

Jul 02, 2012 09:02 PM #20
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