Here are the signs you may need to re-pipe your older home

Most homeowners can manage plumbing problems like slow drains, leaky faucets, and clogged toilets. However, if your pipes are more than 50 years old or you notice any of the following signs, have them inspected by King. Call us to schedule a free VIP plumbing inspection here in Chicagoland.

5 major signs you need to re-pipe your older home

Here are just a few of the signals that your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced at some point in the near future:

1. Water discoloration

Re-pipe your older home if you notice that your pipes are starting to rust.

Rusting pipes could eventually lead to leaks. If you notice rust buildup on the exterior of your pipes, it might be time to re-pipe your older home.

This is a sign pipes are rusty or corroded on the inside. Rust flakes break off inside the pipe and give your tap water that telltale reddish-orange color. If it takes more than a minute to for your water to run clear, re-piping may be necessary. You may also want to check with your local water department to make sure that the discoloration isn’t something happening to the tap water as a whole, or the result of something environmental.

2. Low water pressure

Corrosion and mineral deposit (magnesium and calcium) buildup in your pipes can cause low water pressure. It causes a yellow-green or white buildup around water fixtures, causes clothes to fade more quickly, and causes spots on dishes after washing them in a dishwasher. These problems can impact all pipes in areas with hard water, but they become increasingly prevalent with older pipes, as the scaling begins to build up and clog them.

3. Water stains

Older pipes running throughout your house may spring small leaks causing water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors. If you find yourself repairing numerous leaks and water stains in different locations, there’s a good chance your plumbing is failing.

4. Visible rust

Rust appearing on the exterior of the piping system almost always leads to leaks along the length of the corroded pipe. When you see rust on the outside of your pipes, they should be replaced before leaks occur and cause more home damage.

5. Lead Pipes

Many years ago, lead pipes were the standard for home plumbing systems, but they were banned when it was discovered that lead poses serious health risks. However, they still exist in some older houses. If your older home has lead pipes, you should replace them immediately.

Treat your older pipes like an environmental issue!

Outdated, aging pipes present a danger to your home and your family. They can release toxic materials, like lead, into your water; they can develop leaks in walls, floors, and ceilings leading to mold and mildew growth; and they can break, easily causing major damage to your home and your wallet.

Here’s a great place to start: call King for a free VIP plumbing inspection. Our licensed, certified plumbers thoroughly inspect all aspects of your plumbing. We’ll be able to advise you on whether or not you need to re-pipe your older home. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection here in Chicagoland.

What are the advantages of hybrid systems?

If you’re facing the double-whammy of declining comfort and rising energy bills, it might be time for a new heating or cooling system. Older furnaces and air conditioners are not able to keep up with the heating and cooling demands of your home, and you’ll start to see your bills skyrocket as a result. Here’s a solution: hybrid systems. Hybrid systems are dual-fuel setups that can switch between heating methods during the winter. They’re great.

In this article, we’ll explore what hybrid systems are, how they work, and why one might be perfect for your home here in Chicagoland. If you need heating or cooling installation, be sure to call your friends at King for a free in-home estimate!

Call us for a free in-home estimate on our hybrid systems.

Hybrid systems are capable of switching between using gas and electricity to heat your home—depending on which is cheaper.

What are hybrid systems?

Hybrid HVAC systems combine two methods of heating and cooling: electric and gas. With the capability of running on both, the system can choose the more efficient type to match the current weather conditions.

The benefit of going hybrid is that it’s highly customizable. When it comes to your home’s air distribution, each person has different needs, whether it’s temperature preferences or allergy sensitivities.

Technology plays a big role in making units more adaptable to on-the-spot changes. Along with the ability to switch between gas and electric, most systems come equipped with innovative features that allow you to make even personal tweaks to your environment:

  • Remote operation
  • Air purifier/humidifier
  • Zoning

Zoning is especially advantageous because you’re able to alter settings in different areas of the home. If your basement is consistently cold, you can increase the heat without cooking the rest of your house.

How do these systems save you money?

When you work with King Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, you’ll get a hybrid system that’s grounded in the principles of energy efficiency. Regardless of the season, your unit calls on the method that may save you more money in the long run.

When temperatures are milder, the electric components will work hard to keep your home’s environment at a comfortable temperature range. When conditions dip below freezing, the system switches to gas, which heats your home in a much more efficient manner.

These systems are also durable. You may get more years of use than a non-hybrid system, and you may spend less on frequent and expensive repairs.

Is a hybrid system the right choice for your home?

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, the answer is probably, “Yes!” Energy efficiency helps you save money, and hybrid systems are designed for economical operation. Not only are these HVAC models kind to your wallet but they do more to provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment.

To find out more about hybrids and whether or not one would be a good fit for your home here in Chicago, call us for a free in-home estimate on a new heating system. Our techs can meet with you and learn more about your home’s heating needs.