How Long Will My Home Repipe Last before the Next Mishap?
Nothing lasts forever. Even the structural systems in your home will break down over time, including your plumbing, your electrical system, and your HVAC system. Some of these last longer than others, depending on their properties, and you can extend their life with the right maintenance. But eventually, you’re going to have to replace your plumbing.
You decide to invest in a repipe for your house, and you talk to an Oceanside repiping plumber about your options. One question that’s likely top of your mind is how long the new system will last before you have to start repairing it or replace it again? Fortunately, the general answer is “a long time.” For a specific answer, you’ll have to think about the same issues that led you to repiping in the first place.
Certain plumbing materials will last longer than others. The typical lifespan for plumbing materials is as follows:
- Brass: 80-100 years
- Copper: 70-80 years
- Galvanized steel: 80-100 years
- Cast iron: 80-100
- Polyvinyl chloride: 25-40 years
If you aren’t sure whether your home needs a repipe, the first thing you need to do is figure out how old your current pipes are. Just because the pipes are nearing their lifespan – or may even have surpassed it – doesn’t mean that the pipes have to be replaced. If they have been well-maintained, the pipes can last far longer than is typical.
You can expect the same from your new pipes. If you take care of the, they will last longer. If you shirk maintenance and you fail to make repairs in a timely manner, you will shorten their lifespan. If you have hard water (water that has a higher mineral content), your pipes will have a shorter lifespan.
When your new pipes are installed, you should develop a plan with your plumber in Laguna NIguel for keeping them in the best shape.
When you are repiping, you aren’t going to have to worry about having pipes with dangerous materials installed. These are not in use anymore. However, if you are still thinking of repiping, learning whether you have dangerous materials in your pipes should hasten that decision.
If you have lead or polybutylene pipes, these should be removed immediately. Lead can leach into your water and cause serious health complications for anyone who drinks it. Polybutylene is prone to breakage, and these pipes are a disaster waiting to happen. Replace these pipes as soon as you can.
Signs of Trouble
No matter how old your pipes are, they can experience problems. Paying attention to these signs can help you know when you need to take action, whether it is to repipe sections or to replace the system completely.
Some signs that you may need to repipe your home include:
- Recurring leaks
- Discolored water
- Foul-smelling or foul-tasting water
- Inconsistent water pressure
- Rising water bills
None of these issues on its own is a sign that you have to repipe your system. But if you experience these problems repeatedly, you need a plumber serving Aliso Viejo to inspect your system to determine its health. These are often signs that the system is failing.
Repiping your home can give it a strong and healthy plumbing system for decades to come. When you choose the right material and maintain your system well, you can extend the life of your plumbing and experience fewer problems with it.
One of the best modern options for repiping your home is PEX piping. This is a flexible, plastic tubing that is resistant to corrosion and to temperature extremes. The piping won’t become clogged with sediment, it won’t creak or break, and it won’t freeze. It will deliver consistent performance decade after decade.
PEX piping is easier to install, and it is more affordable than many traditional plumbing options. It doesn’t break down as frequently as traditional plumbing options, but when it does need to be repaired, it is easier to repair.
If you are thinking about repiping your home, call Integrity Repipe in California. We are experts in PEX piping, and we can help you understand how this contemporary plumbing choice can benefit your home. We work in other plumbing types, but we recommend PEX as a more affordable and higher-performing choice. Call us in California today to speak with a repiping plumber about your options or to schedule a time to get a free estimate.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
Integrity Repipe Inc – Long Beach, CA
2201 N Lakewood Blvd, Ste D #297
Long Beach, CA 90815
Integrity Repipe Inc – Aliso Viejo, CA
27068 La Paz Rd #771
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656