As homeowners, we are constantly protecting our largest investment, our homes, by staying on top of needed repairs and maintenance. Preventative care, in the long run, saves us money by keeping everything running in its most optimal way. Sometimes, this means updating appliances, systems, and materials that are failing or just aren’t working the way we need them to. And for some, that may mean repiping your plumbing.
Repiping Your Plumbing
There are four main reasons homeowners do a repiping:
Pipes over time rust and decay, causing leaks. Sometimes, leaks happen because the ground has settled, shifting the pipes. Other times, a homeowner (or contractor), accidentally hammers or drills right into one. In all cases, if a repiping is needed to make the repair.
Drain lines can also corrode, including main sewer lines. The inability to use kitchen and/or bathrooms because of such damages can be unsafe and unsanitary. Trenchless repairs allow for quicker repairs to get you back to normal as soon as possible.
Remodeling is a great time for repiping your plumbing. One cost associated with repiping is that of getting access to exposed pipe, which, during a remodel, is mostly done. Exposed pipe is easier to access, so any needed repairs should be done at this time. Often, when a wall is opened for remodel, it is more clear to see what does need to be replaced due to age, so take advantage of it.
When you do your remodel, you will be installing products that are up-to-date and code. This may require upgrading existing systems, especially if your home is over 30 years old. Take this into consideration for both plumbing and electrical needs. Save money by doing what you can yourself, but leave the most critical elements to professionals to limit unexpected damages and consequences.
Do to safety concerns, repiping all lead pipes is critical. Lead in your drinking water is a health hazard, so bring all lead pipes up to code by installing copper, PEX or PVC. When remodeling, performing plumbing repairs, or installing new appliances, you may find you will need to bring your plumbing up to code. In some cases this may mean repiping, especially if a permit is needed.
While it may seem frustrating to have the additional expense, overall repiping and bringing your plumbing up to code is safer and more efficient, saving you money and, potentially, even your home or/and life.
Prior to leaking or in additional to leaking, pipes that are decaying can create other problems remedied with repiping. Water discoloration, water pressure fluctuations (which sometimes come with noises), or water temperature changes can also be signs that the pipes are failing. Noisy pipes are a common concern, especially in older homes, and are usually a sign of pressure changes in the pipes.
Constant clogging or backups in drain pipes can be an indication of pipe problems as well, such as sagging/bellies, build-up, out-of-code sizing, offsets and more.
An inspection by a professional plumber can help determine the cause of any pipe issues and suggestions for repair and/or plumbing repiping. If you are considering plumbing repipe, or simply have questions about the process, please give us a call.