Wm. Henderson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Repiping’

Retrofit Ideas for a Bathroom Plumbing Remodel

Monday, November 19th, 2018

luxury-bathroom-remodelBathrooms aren’t necessarily the first rooms homeowners think of when looking to remodel some of their spaces. But the right bathroom remodel to retrofit older fixtures, surfaces, cabinets, and more has excellent benefits. It improves a home’s value, it makes the space easier to use and more cheerful, and can help with household members who have mobility issues.

When you start out on a bathroom plumbing remodel, you’ll want to work with an expert in plumbing construction and design. They’ll help you come up with the best idea for the retrofit. We’d like to give you a head start thinking about how you can make the best updates for your bathroom upgrade.

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The Different Types of Plastic Pipes Plumbers Use

Monday, August 27th, 2018

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Indoor plumbing has been around for a long time, and the materials used for the pipes have gone through many changes. For decades, metal and ceramic were the most common pipe materials. Many homes today still have galvanized steel, clay, or even cast iron piping. Starting in the 1970s, copper replaced galvanized steel and is today the most common metal used in plumbing systems.

Plastic pipes, however, have an important part in plumbing. Plastic is easier to work with in general than copper. The first use of plastic pipes was in the 1930s, and with the 1960s they rose in popularity among plumbers thanks to advances in plastic manufacturing that made these pipes more useful in general.

There’s no single type of plastic used to manufacture pipes. For years, a gray plastic called polybutylene was common for plumbing systems, but it’s no longer used because it splits and creates leaks. If you have old polybutylene pipes in your house, we strongly recommend you arrange to have it replaced with a newer type of plastic. Here are the three types of plastic pipes that modern plumbers most commonly used today:

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