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Oct 17, 2023

When Should You Consider Whole House Repiping?

We often don't give plumbing much thought, but it quietly supports our daily routines, providing us with water for cooking, cleaning, and bathing. However, like all good things, plumbing systems can wear out over time. At Rooter Man Plumbing, we offer a wide selection of premium services for local property owners including inspections, leak detection, and repiping. When do you know it's time for a comprehensive makeover, like a whole house repiping? Read below to find out.

Common Signs Your Pipes Are Aging

Some may claim, 'If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it', but when it comes to plumbing, waiting for something to break might not be the best approach. Here are some telltale signs that your pipes might be showing their age:

  • Discolored Water: When you turn on the tap and the water has a reddish-brown or murky appearance, it might be an indication of corroded pipes. 
  • Frequent Leaks: A one-time leak might be a fluke, but if you’re repeatedly calling a local plumber, it's time to look at the bigger picture.
  • Reduced Water Pressure: If your once mighty shower has turned into a mere drizzle, aging pipes could be the culprit. Build-up and corrosion can constrict water flow.
  • Odd Noises: Are there banging, clanging, or gurgling sounds in your walls? That’s your plumbing trying to ask for help.

Material Matters

Not all pipes are created equal. The longevity and performance of your plumbing system can depend a lot on the type of materials used. Here's a quick rundown:

  • Lead Pipes: Historically, lead was a popular choice for plumbing. However, we now know that lead can leach into drinking water, posing major health risks. 
  • Galvanized Steel: These pipes have a lifespan of about 20 to 50 years. They are prone to rust and corrosion, which can impact water quality.
  • Copper: A popular choice due to its long lifespan and resistance to rust. With proper maintenance, copper pipes can last up to 50 years or more.
  • Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC: These are commonly used in modern homes. They’re durable and resistant to rust, but exposure to UV light can weaken them over time.

Comparing the Cost of Repairs vs. Repiping

It's tempting to patch up leaks and issues as they arise, but is this approach cost-effective in the long run?

  • Frequent Repair Costs: Every time a nearby plumber pays a visit, it adds up. You might be spending more on band-aid solutions than you realize.
  • Property Damage: Leaks can cause damage to walls, floors, and foundations. This can lead to expensive repairs or even lower your property's value.
  • Repiping as an Investment: While the upfront cost of repiping can be significant, think of it as an investment. A new plumbing system can increase your property value and save you on future repair costs.

Safety Concerns: Protecting Your Home’s Integrity

There's also the safety of your home and family to consider. Aging pipes can lead to:

  • Water Damage: This isn’t just about a ruined carpet or warped wood. Persistent moisture can lead to mold growth, which can have health implications.
  • Structural Damage: Those persistent leaks can weaken the structural integrity of your home.
  • Health Concerns: As mentioned earlier, certain older pipe materials can contaminate your water supply.

The Process: What to Expect During Repiping

You may be getting on board with repiping, but are still left wondering what the process looks like. Here’s what to expect:

  • Assessment: A plumber will first inspect your current system to determine the scope of the project.
  • Proposal: Based on the assessment, you’ll be given a proposal detailing the work to be done and the associated costs.
  • Preparation: Clear access will be needed to your home’s plumbing. This might involve removing some sections of walls or flooring.
  • The Repiping: Old pipes are replaced with new ones.
  • Restoration: Once repiping is done, any walls, floors, or other areas affected will be restored.

Are You Looking for Qualified Plumbers in Your Neighborhood? 

Your home's plumbing system deserves a bit of TLC now and then. If you notice the signs of aging, whole house repiping might just be the refresh your home needs. Call Rooter Man Plumbing today, and let our plumbers keep it flowing smoothly. Contact our office for more details or to schedule a convenient appointment. 


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