Ben Franklin delivers expert repair and replacement for Dallas water pipes, including the communities of Plano and McKinney. Our licensed experts specialize in repairing and replacing all types of pipes including:
- Galvanized steel
Count on us to stop your water leak, replace corroded pipes or install a new drainpipe. Our work is always on time and on budget. If you’re not sure where your leak is coming from, our technicians are experts in leak detection for Dallas homes.
Whether you have a small hairline fracture or a large slab leak pouring water beneath your foundation, you can trust Benjamin Franklin for fast response and thorough plumbing work. We update older homes with lead pipes, polybutylene or galvanized steel to keep your family healthy with safe plumbing.
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What Types of Pipes Should I Replace?
Lead pipes are a dangerous health risk. Dallas eliminated all lead pipes from service lines over 20 years ago but some homes may still have them. If you suspect that you have lead pipes, we can replace them with a long-lasting alternative. If you’re not sure if your home has lead pipes, a punctual Ben Franklin technician 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 leak or clog. 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 they began to cause problems. Breaks in these plastic pipes can start as hairline cracks or as sudden bursts with little warning.
What Causes Dallas Water Pipes to Break?
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 Stop Water Leaks
Pipe leak repair often 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.
If you’re waiting for a plumber to repair your pipe, follow these DIY pipe leak repair tips to temporarily stop the leak:
- Wrap electrical duct tape around the pipe a few times and keep it tight using hose clamps at both ends of the tape.
- 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 your plumbing pipe repairs.
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
How do I know if My Pipes are Leaking?
Signs of a leaking pipe include:
- An unexplainable increase in your water bill
- Change in water meter readings
- Mold on walls or ceilings
- Water stains or damage to your home
Learn more about the signs you need pipe leak repair
What are Signs that I Need My Pipes Repaired?
- Poor water pressure
- Overflowing toilet
- “Weeping” water heater
- Lack of hot water
- Gas smell
These could all be signs that your pipes have leaks or poor connections and need to be repaired.
Learn more about the signs that it’s time to get pipe repair services here
Is It Time to Replace My Pipes?
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.
Learn more about how to figure out if you need to replace your pipes here
What Are Pipes Made Of?
Pipes can be made from many different materials. The four most common are lead, steel, copper, or PVC. Copper and PVC and the most reliable and easiest to repair. Your friendly local plumber can help identify which type of pipes you have and how to best care for them.
Learn more about what your pipes are made of here
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 with them. Water chemistry, bacteria and environment can all accelerate corrosion in your 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, erosion 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 replace the damaged area of your plumbing.
Do Plastic Pipes Burst?
No matter what type of pipe you have, if the water inside freezes and has nowhere 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 can save homeowners the expense and hassle of excavating their front yard. However, 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.
Dallas Water Pipe and Gas Line Repair Experts
Don’t take any chances when it comes to the safety of your home and your family. Water damage 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 and your home’s water pressure. Gas leaks can lead to serious health problems.
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!