Is It Time to Re-Pipe Your Home?


Is It Time to Re-Pipe Your Home?

Hiring a plumbing contractor to re-pipe your home is a circumstance homeowners must face to restore water service and quality to their residence. Several things can lead to a home plumbing re-pipe. Most often, the need for a re-pipe is due to old, deteriorating pipes that have seen better days. Knowing how to identify signs a re-pipe in imminent can help you prepare for the project, avoid additional damage to your home should your pipes fail and allow you time to plan for the inconvenience of being without water service.

Periodic Failures

Most plumbing systems experience a minor leak now and then. However, if your home’s plumbing system springs leaks on a regular basis, it may be time to re-pipe your home. Even the smallest undetected leaks can cause significant damage your flooring, baseboards, cabinetry and walls. These repairs can be costly, so avoiding this damage would be to your benefit.

Water Pressure

Low or uneven water pressure is a sure sign something is amiss. Corrosion, rust and scale can block your plumbing fixtures (your faucets, showerheads). If your pipes are exhibiting signs of corrosion, you should call in a professional plumber to assess the condition of the system.

Galvanized Pipes

Many older homes are fitted with galvanized piping, which was the popular plumbing material before the advent of PVC “Poly Vinyl Chloride.” As galvanized pipes age, they will exhibit signs of rust on their exteriors. If they are rusting on their exteriors, they are probably breaking down on the inside as well. As the pipes degrade, you will experience a loss of water quality and may experience discolored water. If your home utilizes galvanized plumbing, it is just a matter of time before the system fails and requires replacement.

Noisy Pipes

If you notice loud banging or clanging within your walls every time you turn on the water, you may have plumbing pipes that have come unstrapped. Strapping is used to secure pipes and hold them in place to prevent movement. This could lead to a leak, rupture or burst pipe.

Slow Drains

A slow drain is a sure sign something is wrong in your sewer line. Most often, a simple snaking or hydro jet cleaning will solve the problem. However, older homes with steel, clay or Orangeburg sewer pipes might be collapsing and causing the blockage. If the sewer line experiences repeated blockages, it is probably time to re-pipe them.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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