We replace rusted pipes in Fresno

Lately, the city of Fresno’s struggle with rusty and corroded piping in the northeast section of the city has come to the forefront in the news, although the problem has been around for quite a while. If you haven’t been following this story, here’s the issue: a water chemistry issue caused by a new water treatment plant coming online in the mid-2000s led to corrosion within the pipes of some homes in Fresno, particularly in the northeast section of the city served by the plant. As a result, some of these homes are having rust-colored water comes out of home faucets and water fixtures. This has particularly been a problem for older homes, but can also impact more-recent builds with galvanized iron pipes.

This is an unfortunate and complex issue, and legal arguments between the city and homeowners are still unfolding. However, experts have confirmed that the discolored water is coming from home piping itself, not the water supply. Corroded by the changes in tap water chemistry, the galvanized iron pipes are now leeching rust and other contaminants into the home’s water. In many cases, the only way to remove the problem is to partially or completely re-pipe the home, since part of the problem is that the pipes used in construction are themselves at fault.

We can replace galvanized iron pipes with PEX pipes, or pipes made from a different material.

Allbritten can replace your home’s galvanized iron pipes with pipes made from a different, corrosion-resistant material.

What are some signs that my pipes have been effected?

Typically, the first sign that your pipes are having problems is that the water coming out of the faucet is rust-colored, mud-colored, or the color is otherwise distorted in some way. This coloration may be minor, and it might only be able to be seen when filling something large with water, such as bathtub.

According to this article, there are two common factors in all the rust cases. First, that the homeowners had galvanized iron pipes and, second, that their water came from the city’s northeast treatment plant. If you aren’t sure if your home’s plumbing has been impacted, give the City of Fresno a call. They’ll help you find out if nearby homes have been effected.

Do these pipe problems post a health risk?

That’s still a matter of debate, and it really varies from house-to-house. In most cases, the impacted water is safe to drink and use for daily tasks, such as showering and bathing. But, in other cases, the water is running clear, but still showing levels of lead that are up to eight times the acceptable limit. Again, this is lead that is coming from the pipes themselves, as the city’s water is testing clean. This means that each house may have a different level of exposure, even when compared to neighboring homes.

What are my options, and how can Allbritten help?

Some homeowners are waiting to see what the city will do, and what impact—if at all—pending litigation might have. In the meantime, impacted homes have several different options. The City of Fresno says running the tap for two minutes can flush out any settled contaminants. If certain components of your home’s plumbing system have shown sides of corrosion, our company can replace them.

Another option is to have Allbritten replace all the galvanized piping in your home with a different type of corrosive-resistant piping, such as PEX or copper. This may seem like a big step, but it may be only way to be completely sure that galvanized pipes won’t continue to corrode, particularly because some reports have noted that some of the pipes used in construction in the 1990s were cheaply made, with a thin protective layer that has since been corroded by the aforementioned change in water chemistry.

If you do feel like you need to have Allbritten replace either a section of the piping in your home or all the piping in your home, give us a call today. We’ve been serving Fresno families with exceptional piping services since 1932. As a trusted, local company, we’re the best choice for effective pipe replacement. Contact us to learn more about this service and to get an estimate for such a project.

Get more information

If you have further questions about this issue, we recommend calling the City of Fresno’s Public Utilities Department at (559) 292-4919. They can provide you with more information and water testing, as well as advise you on the best way to avoid drinking water with corroded material in it.

Benefits of scheduling AC maintenance with Allbritten

Getting your air conditioner inspected by a professional isn’t probably something you’ve thought of recently. In the rush of life, it’s easy to lose track of scheduling regular tune-ups, and your air conditioner is probably not at the front of your mind—until something goes wrong and you need repair. However, Allbritten would like you to know that planning ahead with some AC maintenance can really pay off. Here’s how.

AC Maintenance FresnoWhat does Allbritten look at?

Every Allbritten air conditioning tune-up starts with our technician arriving, greeting you, and then getting to work. Our technician has the specialized training needed to give your AC unit a thorough inspection—and to address any issues that arise.

At Allbritten, we conduct a 23-point inspection and AC maintenance process that includes the following:

  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check suction and head pressures for compressor
  • Check voltages and amperages for all motors
  • Inspect service disconnect
  • Tighten all electrical connections
  • Inspect oil fan motor
  • Inspect coil and check fin condition
  • Inspect condition of line set
  • Check unit levels
  • Confirm proper coil operation
  • Inspect blower filter
  • Inspect and clear condensate drain line
  • Inspect and test thermostat
  • Change standard filter
  • How does a tune-up help my energy use?

During the months your air conditioner is not in use, it sits outside of your home, collecting dust and all the other elements that blow into it. Over that time, that dust can build up and lead to partial blockage of vents and airways that deliver cold air from your air conditioner to your home. Of course, that dust can also pose a health hazard.

In addition, other air leaks may emerge, leading to chilled air escaping from the system back outside. Just like your parents used to chide you when you left the front door open: “I’m not paying to air condition the outdoors!”

An AC tune-up from Allbritten will address these dust and air leak problems, cleaning coils and filters to ensure that the air you pay to chill is only going to one place: the inside of your home. The result? You get a comfortable home for less cash.

The Guardian Maintenance program

If you’re the type who likes to have things scheduled for you, consider our Guardian Maintenance program. You not only get pre-scheduled cooling and heating annual check-ups, but Allbritten also includes a number of other perks, including priority service, a 10% service and parts discount, and an extended warranty. As a Guardian Maintenance program member, you’ll be able to enjoy your comfortable home and busy life without having to remember or worry about arranging HVAC maintenance.

What makes Allbritten the right choice?

For more than 70 years, Allbritten has been the company that the Central Valley trusts with its AC maintenance, repair, and installation—as well as heating, duct cleaning, and plumbing needs. Then and now, our success is fueled by our dual commitment to both our employees and customers. The bottom line? We treat people the right way. That’s the Allbritten difference.

When you work with Allbritten, you’re not just getting any random HVAC contractor. You’re getting some of the best professionals in the region, backed by a company that is fully licensed, bonded, and insured. From the protective booties we wear in your home to the way we treat you, Allbritten believes in providing respectful and courteous service to match our HVAC expertise.