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Water Line Repair & Install Services in Atlanta, GA.

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A busted water line is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. The water line repair and replacement experts at Ridgeway Mechanical are standing by, ready to handle your water pipe repair or water pipe replacement needs.

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Looking for a water line repair or replacement plumber? At Ridgeway Mechanical we specialize in the replacement and installation of main water lines. This is the line that brings fresh water to your home. The main water pipe starts at your water meter and travels underground, through your yard and comes into your home either through your basement wall, your crawlspace or through the concrete in your slab. In many older homes, this pipe is made of copper, pvc, galvanized steel, or the dreaded “blue poly.” Depending on the material, this can be troublesome. For example, in the ground, copper oxidizes (think green rust). Galvanized steel rusts terribly, releasing rust particles into your drinking water. Not to mention that all that rust causes potentially serious leaking issues. PVC has a tendency to crack with temperature changes. And blue polybutylene? Well, if you aren’t one of the hundreds of thousands of homeowners who suffered through this plumbing nightmare of a product you are lucky!

Blue polyethylene (later replaced with a similarly faulty product called BlueMax) is a type of plastic water pipe designed to be a cheap alternative to copper plumbing. It was until homeowners started experiencing high water bills and pools of water in their yards. It was then that we learned that blue poly was particularly susceptible to pinhole leaks and cracking due to the natural chlorine content of our water. The chlorine attacked the walls of the pipe, weakening it to the point of small pinholes, and sometimes complete breakage. There was a large Blue Max class-action lawsuit filed against the manufacturer of blue poly in order to reimburse all the homeowners that were forced to have their waterlines replaced due to the faulty product. This lawsuit is now over and is no longer in effect.

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It is because of these experiences with other materials that we install all of our new water lines in a product called Black Poly. Known to plumbers as PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), or P.E. pipe, this material is what blue poly SHOULD have been. Completely flexible, black poly safely expands and contracts with temperature changes, is impervious to chlorine and other minerals, is rust-proof (being plastic), and is an all-around tough product. So tough, in fact, that we back EVERY waterline installation with a pro-rated 25-year warranty on the pipe itself, plus a 10-year warranty on parts and labor. We have personally installed over 24,000 plumbing waterlines in this material, with ZERO recalls due to product integrity. We also use brass fittings to connect the pipe to your water meter and house plumbing, eliminating plastic fittings’ tendency to crack under stress. Black poly is also much less expensive to produce than copper, often saving you, the homeowner, hundreds of dollars on plumbing installation costs.

Speaking of main water line installation, we know what you’re thinking. “You’re going to have to tear up my yard, making a mess!” Not true. We use a trenchless, boring technology to install your new plumbing waterline with minimal damage to your yard and landscaping, often leaving you wondering if we were ever there. Sometimes, depending on the nature of your yard or landscaping, we HAVE to make a narrow trench from the meter to your house, or at least part of the way. This is due in part to tree roots, large rocks, or other obstacles that simply get in the way. Nevertheless, we will leave your yard in EXCELLENT condition. Due to our boring technology, we are also able to safely avoid your buried utilities, such as electricity, cable, and gas lines. Our installation includes, if necessary, penetrating your basement wall in place of your old service line to ensure that the new, high-quality waterline extends all the way into your home, not stopping short just outside. We will also flush your new waterline to ensure that no dirt, clay, or any other small particles make their way into your home’s water system.

Water Main Line Installation & Repair Services in Atlanta, GA

Have a larger home or business that requires a larger diameter main waterline? No problem. The water line repair and replacement experts at Ridgeway Mechanical have a solution for you! We will assess the water demands of your property and determine the proper size line for you, ensuring excellent volume and pressure at all times. Have an extra-large front yard? Again, no problem. No matter the length, we are up to the task. And of course, all new water service lines are installed per code with the correct fittings and installation procedures. The best part? We’ll match or beat ANYONE’s price. When it comes to waterline plumbing, experience counts. And with over 90,000 new water service installations behind us, we’ve seen it all.

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Water Heater 101: Tank or Tankless, which is Right for You?

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When making renovations to your home, you will be confronted with a lot of decisions. If the extent of your project includes replacing an old water heater, you might end up asking yourself, “Should I go with a tank or tankless water heater?” This is an important and practical decision to place near the top of your list of priorities, as you will end up living with your chosen water heater for up to a decade – or even longer.

There are distinct advantages and disadvantages of both water heater types, which we will discuss below.

Why Get a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless water heaters are known for their improved energy efficiency over traditional water heaters. Also known as “on-demand” heaters, these tankless appliances cost more to purchase but can save homeowners anywhere between 9% and 34% in terms of energy efficiency.

Owners of smaller homes with highly limited space also tend to prefer the compact installation of tankless water heaters. In fact, a heater of this variety can even be installed on an exterior wall if your home is really that low on available square footage.

However, owners of all sizes of homes can come to appreciate possibly the biggest perk of a tankless water heater: They last for decades! Yes, for as long as 30 years, your tankless heater could deliver energy-efficient hot water right into your home.

What are the Downsides of a Tankless Water Heater?

Hands-down, the biggest deterrent preventing many homeowners from going tankless is the initial, upfront cost. These appliances cost anywhere between $2,000 and $5,000 to purchase and have installed in your home.  The installation process can become especially expensive if you have purchased the tankless heater to replace your storage tank heater. This is because the process of replacing existing piping can be time-consuming for your plumbing professional.

Additionally, homes that go through a lot of water – like those who do a lot of laundry or who frequently have more than one shower in use at once – might find that their tankless heater can’t quite keep up with the demand. This could mean a lot of chilly showers.

What About Storage Tank Water Heaters?

An insulated tank stores anywhere between 30 and 50 gallons of water that will be heated when needed. These heaters are available in both electrical and gas-powered varieties, with the gas-powered heaters offering tremendous energy savings when compared to their electrical counterparts. These water heaters are also referred to as “traditional” water heaters, as they are the most commonly found in households.

One of the biggest reasons why storage tank water heaters are considered the standard is the cost. Instead of up to $5,000 for the purchase and installation of a tankless water heater, you can buy and have installed your storage tank water heater for less than $1,000. In exchange, you might find that your utility bills are a bit higher than those of people who have a tankless heater.

Storage tank water heaters are also much easier to repair than tankless models, due to the simplistic design in which they are constructed. This means that water heater repair bills are significantly smaller when you go with a traditional tank.

What Drawbacks of Storage Tank Water Heaters Should I Consider?

These water heaters require a great deal more space than tankless ones, making them less-than-ideal for many tiny spaces and cramped homes. Unlike tankless heaters, these cannot be installed outside of the home, so there must be a designated space where the water heater can be installed.

Storage tank water heaters also have a shorter lifespan than their tankless counterparts, capping at about fifteen years before replacement is necessary.

Which One Should I Buy?

If you have the ability to pay for the steep initial cost of a tankless water heater, especially if you live in a smaller space, tankless could very well be the way to go. The money that you save over the span of its 30-year life can offset what you spent initially to buy and install the water heater.

If you’re dealing with a smaller budget, however, storage tank heaters are a great alternative to going tankless, as long as you don’t mind the higher utility bills associated with this type of water heater.

If you have any questions or concerns about replacing your current water heater, reach out to the water heater professionals at Ridgeway Mechanical today!