Ben Franklin delivers expert pipe repair and replacement services in Dallas, Plano and McKinney. Our licensed experts specialize in repairing and replacing all types of pipes in homes and businesses. We repair leaks, upgrade corroded pipes and perform drainpipe replacement.
From small hairline fractures to large slab leaks beneath your foundation, you can trust Benjamin Franklin with your plumbing. We remove and replace lead pipes in older homes and offer galvanized pipe replacement to update your home’s plumbing. Keep your family healthy with safe, well-maintained plumbing in your home.
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What Types of Pipes Should I Replace?
Dallas eliminated all lead pipes from service lines 20 years ago. Some homes may still have lead pipes that are a dangerous health risk. If you suspect that you have lead pipes, replace them as soon as possible. If you’re not sure if your home has lead pipes, a plumber can identify them for you. And always run your water for three minutes before using it to avoid sedentary water that may have absorbed lead contamination.
Two other types of plumbing pipes in Dallas homes should be replaced: galvanized steel pipes and polybutylene pipes.
In the 1960s and 70s, many homes were built with galvanized pipes. These pipes, made of steel and dipped in zinc to retard corrosion, were seen as a good alternative to lead pipes. Unfortunately, we’ve since learned that galvanized pipes corrode over time and eventually causes leaks or back up. Fixing a galvanized pipe leak is essentially impossible. Replacing your galvanized pipes is easier and more effective.
During the 80s and 90s, many homes were plumbed with faulty polybutylene plastic. These pipes were not as reliable as manufacturers had hoped and began to cause problems. Breaks in these plastic pipes can start as hairline cracks or they can break suddenly with little warning.
What Causes a Broken Water Pipe?
Although it can happen, pipes rarely break all at once. Instead, a home’s pipes slowly become more susceptible to pressure and damage over time until, finally, something strains them too far. If you’ve noticed a fracture or serious rupture in one of your pipes recently, then it was probably caused by a combination of age, rust, corrosion, or strain and:
- Defective pipe construction
- Improper maintenance or pipe leak repair work
- Ineffective corroded pipe repair
- Freezing pipes
- Polybutylene (plastic) pipe malfunctions
- Hard water
- Abnormally high water pressure
- Tree roots (which will necessitate sewer pipe repair)
How To Repair A Pipe That Leaks or Breaks
Broken pipe plumbing involves cutting out the damaged section of pipe, sizing and threading a replacement pipe and sealing it in place. The best way to get a broken pipe fixed or replaced quickly and efficiently is to get help from professional plumbers. There are things you can do for DIY pipe leak repair in the meantime, however.
For example, you can wrap electrical duct tape around the pipe a few times and keep it tight using hose clamps at both ends of the tape. You can also purchase an emergency pipe sleeve at your hardware store to clamp around the damaged pipe.
Remember: this is only a temporary fix. It’s always best to hire professional plumbers to handle any pipe leak repair or sewer pipe repair you need.
The Punctual Plumber Guarantee
The experts at Ben Franklin work hard to ensure that we provide the best pipe repair and replacement in Dallas and the surrounding areas on every call. To “walk the walk,” Ben Franklin makes the three following “Punctual Plumber Guarantees” when you hire us:
- Punctuality: The Punctual Plumber isn’t just a brand, it’s a promise. Ben Franklin is the nation’s first plumbing company to directly reimburse our customers if we’re ever late to a job. If we fail to show up at our scheduled time, we pay you $5 per minute we’re late, up to $300.
- Preparation: Ben Franklin experts drive our distinctive “fully-stocked” trucks to every job we respond to. These trucks are crammed full of all the tools to effectively complete any plumbing repair you may need, and ensure that whenever we come to help, we can get the job done then and there.
- Satisfaction: Ben Franklin offers customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of the pipe repair, replacement, and installation work we complete. If you’re ever any less than completely satisfied with our service, let us know and we’ll make it right, guaranteed.
Pipe Repair Frequently Asked Questions
Signs of a leaking pipe include an unexplainable increase in your water bill, change in water meter readings, mold on walls or ceilings where pipes run or obvious water damage to your home.
Poor water pressure, overflowing toilet, “weeping” water heater, lack of hot water and gas smell could all be signs that you need pipes repaired in your home.
First, determine what your pipes are made of (see below). If your pipes are old, or one of the three types mentioned above: lead, galvanized steel or polybutylene, you will want to replace them. If you’re experiencing excess clogs, leaks, or water pressure problems, or your water bill seems too high, then it also may be time to seriously consider replacing your pipes.
Pipes can be made of many of different materials. The four most common are lead, steel, copper, or PVC. Copper and PVC and the most reliable and easy to repair. Your friendly local plumber can help identify which type of pipes you have and how to best care for them.
Do Copper Pipes Corrode?
Copper is a sturdy material that resists corrosion. While copper pipes can last for 50 years, corrosion will eventually catch up them. Water chemistry, bacteria and environment can all accelerate corrosion in copper pipes.
Can Hard Water Ruin Your Pipes?
Hard water contains a high amount of calcium and magnesium. Over time, these minerals can build up inside of pipes and cause clogs, leaks and water pressure problems. If you have excessively hard water, consider installing a water softener to protect your home’s plumbing.
How To Fix a Hole in a Plastic Water Pipe?
There are several different repair epoxies, tapes and putties you can use to repair minor holes in PVC or plastic pipes. Luckily, PVC pipe is relatively inexpensive and replacing the damaged section is your best long-term solution. A professional plumber can advise you on the best repair.
Do Plastic Pipes Burst?
No matter what type of pipe you have, if the water inside freezes and has no where to go as it expands, your pipe will burst. Plastic pipes avoid many corrosion issues associated with metal pipes, but they aren’t invulnerable.
Pipe Lining vs Replacement: Which is Best?
If your sewer line is leaking, you’ll need to repair it. Luckily technology now allows us to reline a pipe from within instead of digging it up and replacing it. This saves homeowners the expense and hassle of excavating their front yard. In some cases, sewer line replacement may still be necessary. Have your line inspected by one of our plumbers to find out which is best for you.
The Best Pipe Repair and Replacement in Dallas
Don’t take any chances when it comes to the safety of your home and your family. Water damage due to a broken pipe can create drywall rot, wood decay, toxic mildew, rusting metal, warping plywood and loss of your most valued personal possessions. Old and corroded pipes can affect your drinking water.
Your call is our priority. Schedule today for one of our expert Dallas plumbers to survey your home and provide you a stress-free pipe repair estimate customized to you. If you live in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Southlake, Rowlett, Carrollton or the surrounding area, get in touch with the Punctual Plumbers at Benjamin Franklin today!