Plumbing Lines: Is it Safe to Run Plumbing Through the Ceiling During a Re-Plumb?


Plumbing Lines: Is it Safe to Run Plumbing Through the Ceiling During a Re-Plumb?

Many homeowners are often faced with replacing their home’s plumbing lines. Re-plumbs, as they are called, are common in older homes that were originally fitted with galvanized pipes or when a leak develops in the slab. Often, the most economical way to replace the original plumbing is running PVC, CPVC or PEX tubing through existing walls, ceilings and crawl spaces. While homeowners may fret over running plumbing lines through the ceiling, it is a common practice used to minimize damage during the re-plumb and to keep labor costs lower.

Why the Worry? A burst or leaking plumbing line, no matter its location carries the potential to cause extensive damage to your home and furnishings. While a leaking pipe located underneath a slab or positioned along an exterior wall can cause significant damage over the long run, damage from a leaking ceiling pipe will come much sooner. This is most likely the number one reason homeowners get nervous during a re-plumb that involves running plumbing lines through the ceiling.

Is it Safe? Many plumbing contractors use PEX tubing during a re-plumb. While you can certainly use PVC, CPVC or copper tubing, PEX provides a flexible option that uses colors—red, blue and white—that help to differentiate between hot and cold water supply lines. In addition, since PEX is commonly sold in 100-foot coils, the material can be used for longer, continuous runs reducing the number of joints and required fittings. Reduced joints mean less gluing or sweating and fewer points that can develop a leak. In addition, since it is easier to install and can be fitted to existing plumbing supply lines, it could reduce the time needed to complete the re-plumb.

What to Expect During a Re-plumb: Replacing your existing plumbing lines is a major plumbing project. While the plumbing contractor will do his or her best to minimize damage to your home during the project, you can expect to have some drywall, stucco, brick, landscaping and possibly flooring repair after completion. You can do your part to help the project run smoothly by moving furniture and valuables beforehand. In addition, you can expect to be without running water during the plumbing replacement. Most re-plumbs are completed in a couple of days but it really depends on the size of your home and the scope of the work involved. Rest assured your plumber would do everything possible to restore your water service as soon as possible.

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