Replacing Plumbing How And Why By Henco Plumbing Services, LLC Vancouver WA
Replacing Plumbing – How and Why
When plumbing in your home, commercial building, or community starts to break down, the question often comes up about replacing or repairing. Sometimes it’s a toss-up. You can repair most plumbing fixtures until they are completely broken down. It’s also relatively easy to see when a toilet, sink, or garbage disposal is going bad. Those all important plumbing pipes are a completely different situation. What happens if the old pipes are totally unsafe? Well, it can happen to you in your home if you have an older dwelling. It can also occur in public buildings like courthouses and schools.
Have you ever repaired or replaced a toilet? Would you like to know how? Toilet replacement is one of the most common services we provide at Henco Plumbing Services, LLC. Old toilets eventually reach a point where they are either cease to function or they become cracked or structurally unsound. New toilets are a big step up from the toilets of twenty, thirty, and forty years ago.
New toilets use water saving technology, flush faster, clog less, and are quieter than older toilets. Many of them are truly built for comfort with ergonomic design and for ultra luxury like seat warmers. You can also pay a considerable amount of money on just one new toilet. The following article, by By Riva Richmond of This Old House magazine, discusses the options available for replacing or repairing several household fixtures, including toilets.
What Should You Do When Something Breaks?
Given today’s slumping real estate market—and the fact that one-third of American houses are now more than 45 years old and need TLC—new studies show you’ll reap better financial returns by investing in midrange repair and replacement projects than by ponying up for the high-end cosmetic upgrades favored before the downturn. Factor in fixes that boost your home’s energy efficiency and you’ll recoup even more. But first, you need to weigh the short-term cost against the long-term benefits. . . .
Okay, you’ve replaced your old tank’s worn-out flapper to stop the water from running. You’ve even pulled the whole thing out to fix a clog after your kid “accidentally” flushed a hairbrush. But you’re still squandering water. Toilets made before the 1930s, with their period looks and their satisfying whoosh, can use as much as 6 gallons per flush. To preserve aging sewage systems and cope with regional water shortages, federal law now requires new toilets to gulp no more than 1.6 gallons. Rather than buy a new low-flow model, save yourself $200 or more by swapping out the mechanisms in your old toilet with the water-conserving ones in a universal repair kit, sold at hardware stores for about $20.
As you can see from Riva’s article, you have several options when it comes to repairing your plumbing and other household fixtures. While repairing a squeaky door may be within your skillset, you may not be very comfortable replacing those large fixtures in your home, like plumbing appliances such as garbage disposals, toilets, and bathtubs. These tend to be much more complex, frequently involving several hours and lots of special tools. You may find that it is less expensive to contact us at 360-216-7338 to take care of your plumbing needs.
What about big big plumbing problems that can occur with governments and cities? Those major plumbing situations are definitely not in the D.I.Y. category. Lead is still an issue in plumbing pipes in some U.S. cities. These old lead pipes were installed many years ago and they are absolutely lethal. Tom Beres of
WKYC in Cleveland, filed this report.
CLEVELAND – Cleveland schools are working hard to get the lead out. Thorough testing of buildings constructed before 2002 has disclosed dangerous levels of lead in 60 schools. That number’s been reduced to 34 by subsequent testing.
Sheraina Williams’ twin 5-year-old daughters attend pre-kindergarten at Wilbur Wright School. About 340 other students do too.”I definitely don’t want my kids drinking water if there’s lead in there and I hope they take this seriously,” she said.
Schools are. They began proactive testing of plumbing and faucets in old school buildings in the wake of lead concerns spotlighted by the water crisis in Flint. No law required such testing. “We wanted to be out ahead of this, so no one was coming to us and saying ‘why aren’t you doing this?’ ” said Patrick Zohn, the district’s chief operating officer.
A first round of tests over the summer found 60 of 65 older schools with issues.
Newer schools tested did not have problems. Schools being tested have had faucets and fixtures shut off, with students and staff drinking Culligan bottled water. One sink in Wilbur Wright Elementary had almost 300 times the 15 parts per billion level the EPA recognizes as excessive.
It’s clear that lead pipes and other types of potentially dangerous pipes are still be used today. At Henco Plumbing Services, we replace a large number of galvanized pipes that have worn out or are leaking. Galvanized pipe was used up until 1960 in home construction. If you have an older home, it is possible your pipes are constructed of galvanized pipe. Galvanized pipe is considered dangerous because potential health problems can arise if the water flowing through the plumbing becomes corrosive due to its acidic condition (low pH).
And, speaking of plumbing replacements, let’s take a look at exactly how to replace a toilet. Sometimes watching a short video will help you in your efforts to DIY a home improvement project. It can also show that, unless you have ideal conditions, you may not want to attempt this yourself.
In this video, the narrator/installer did a nice job with a very very easy installation. Notice that the floor, walls, and cabinetry all looked very new? Also, the floor appeared to be
very level. In many situations, we see an entirely different picture. Often the floors are not level, the plumbing leading in and going out from the toilet is often in poor condition and requires replacement, as well. Toilets are often placed in a very tight space, making it difficult to reach around and employ proper finishing procedures.
If you are interested in trying to replace your own plumbing fixtures in your home, go ahead and give DIY a try. However, if you have difficulties or are not willing to take the risk by doing your own installations, contact Henco Plumbing Services at 360-216-7338. We’ll examine your project, give you an honest estimate and them do your installation efficiently and fast. We will even clean up after our work! We always give a 100% guarantee on our workmanship, too.