Most people don’t think about their plumbing until there is a problem, so they don’t know much about how the system works. The concept of re-piping usually just sounds like a big, scary, and expensive job to most. By educating yourself about your home’s piping, you can make better-informed decisions that will ensure the health of your home and the health of your bank account.
Re-piping isn’t something you’re going to need to do often – hopefully just once or twice in your lifetime – but you do need to be informed about it so you can make the best choices. Here are four things you should know before a home repipe:
When a Home Repipe is Needed
The first thing you need to know about re-piping is when it is needed. The best way to know this for sure is to talk with a re-pipe plumber, who can inspect your system and give you specific feedback for your home and your plumbing system. However, there are a few things you can keep in mind to know that it may be time to consider re-piping or to get a plumber to take a look. These include:
- You hear running water in the walls
- You hear a drip or see evidence of a drip from inside the walls
- The pipes keep bursting
- The house was in poor condition when you bought it
- The house is more than 50 years old
None of these things is conclusive evidence that your house needs a re-pipe, but each of these things could indicate that your plumbing system is having problems. You just need to stay aware and keep in contact with an experienced plumber so you can take action as needed.
Benefits of Re-piping
You may determine, through the help of an experienced plumber, that you need to repipe your home. But you may then wonder why you need to do it and whether it is truly necessary. Knowing the benefits of re-piping can help you to make the appropriate decision – which is to get your home re-piped when the plumber says it’s time. Some of the benefits of re-piping include:
- Increase the value of your home
- Increase your water pressure
- Reduce water bills
- Resolve ongoing plumbing issues
- Improve the quality of drinking water
One of the biggest advantages of re-piping your home is that you will have peace of mind knowing that your plumbing is working properly for decades to come. Your new pipes can last anywhere from 25 to 80 years, depending on the materials used and how well you maintain the plumbing.
The Re-piping Process
Getting your home re-piped will be a big process, but it’s not one that should make you nervous if you hire the right plumber for the job. To start, all the water lines will be turned off and the pipes drained of any water. Then all your floors, furniture, and other materials will be covered with drop cloths, tarps, and other materials to protect them from any water that might come out or other damage.
The plumber will cut into the drywall to access your pipes, and will then remove the old pipes and install the new ones. Once the new pipes are in, the water will be turned on and the system tested for leaks and proper functionality. The final step is replacing the drywall, patching it, and painting it.
Your Piping Options
You have a lot of options for your new plumbing. If your home is older, it likely has pipes made of copper or another material that ends up having a lot of problems over time. With the help of an experienced re-piping plumber, you can identify a material that will work well for your home, will be resistant to damage, and will last many years.
Some popular piping options now are steel and PEX, a flexible plastic tubing that can be installed in tight spaces and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Don’t let what you don’t know about home re-piping deter you from getting this important service. Talk to a re-piping company about inspecting your home to determine if it needs re-piping and the best piping options for your home’s needs.
Integrity Repipe is a trusted California re-piping company. Our plumbers can help you determine if your home needs total re-piping or just re-pipe repair. They will make tailored recommendations for the right type of piping to get optimal benefits. Contact us today to talk to a re-piping plumber about your home’s needs.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656