Repair Or Replace? Making The Best Decisions For Your Waterline!
As a homeowner, you may be wondering if your waterline has reached the end of its life. Generally, repairs of any kind make us doubt the system. The typical homeowner won’t know what’s more sensible—a complete replacement or repair?
Here’s a breakdown:
Main water line materials
Your main water line can be made of copper, brass or ductile iron pipe, as per official recommendations. Water service lines of 2 inches use copper. In the past, lead and galvanized pipe were used. This was before health concerns regarding lead were known. Both materials are no longer allowed.
Larger water mains like that used for a fire sprinkler require ductile iron pipe. Brass is only good for two-and-a-half-inch service line, or if specially requested. It is the least common among the materials.
Regardless of the condition or age of your waterline, if it contains lead or galvanized pipe, it must be changed! Other than health issues, galvanized pipes corrode very easily. Attempting to salvage the pipe will only worsen the situation. Repair is out of the question.
Age of the service line
The typical lifespan of a water service line is about fifty years. Any waterline over fifty is a suitable candidate for replacement. Waterline repair on an old system will only set you up for more repair as metal becomes brittle the older it gets.
Has the waterline seen repair in the past?
This factor plays a major role in deciding the fate of your waterline. If an old waterline has been repaired in the past, it’s more likely to require repair again. They become prone to breakage once they have been repaired.
Repairing a water service line more than once is more costly than a replacement. It’s best to be sure about the repair of the waterline in the past. Ask previous owners of the place you are living in to be absolutely sure.
When it comes to maintenance or major work, the cost plays a vital role. Permit fees, restoration costs, labor, tools, equipment, and vehicles are required to perform the task. You are probably under the impression that materials make up the majority of the bill. Materials only account for 20% of the total. The material you choose, therefore, doesn’t make much of a difference to the decision.
A general rule of thumb when making such decisions is if repairs cost over 50% of a replacement, you’re better off with a replacement.
Looking for a reliable service to perform water main replacement in Bloomsburg? Call TNT Enterprizes LLC at 570-380-0902. We also provide other plumbing services in the area.