No homeowner likes to spend money on plumbing issues, but doing so is sometimes necessary in order to preserve your home and keep its plumbing system functional so that you can keep living your life as normal and continue using your toilet, sinks, etc. Over time, the pipes that allow your home plumbing system to remain functional deteriorate and need to be replaced. This is when it’s time to re-pipe your home.
Re-piping your home involves replacing the pipes in your home plumbing system with new pipes. There are two different types of re-piping: full re-piping and partial re-piping. Full re-piping involves replacing all of the hot and cold water lines in your home’s plumbing system. Partial re-piping—which is also known as re-routing—involves replacing only certain sections or segments of the pipes in your home plumbing system. Partial re-piping obviously takes less time and is less expensive than full re-piping, but full re-piping is sometimes necessary if all or most of the pipes in your home plumbing system have deteriorated to a severe degree.
It is best to re-pipe your home before your pipes spring any significant leaks or corrode to the point of being completely non-functional. However, the tell-tale signs that your home plumbing system needs to be re-piped can be subtle and difficult to detect. Keep reading to learn 5 signs to watch out for that might be telling you it’s time to re-pipe your home.
Your Pipes Are Old
High-quality pipes in a home plumbing system can last for a long time. However, if the pipes in your home are more than 50 years old, you should get your home re-piped.
Replacing aging pipes in your home plumbing system helps you avoid blockages, corrosion, and leaks that can cause damage to your home that ends up being more expensive to fix than the cost of re-piping your home.
You Have Lead Pipes
Lead was once a common material used in the construction of pipes for home plumbing systems. However, it is now considered unsafe to have lead pipes in your home plumbing system.
If you know that the pipes in your home plumbing system are made from lead, it is crucial to get your home re-piped as soon as possible in order to keep you and your family safe from lead poisoning.
Your Pipes Are Leaking
If one or more pipes in your home are leaking, that likely means that these pipes have significantly corroded and deteriorated. Replacing deteriorated, leaking pipes is the only permanent solution to this problem. A leaking pipe(s) is a clear sign that your home either needs to be re-routed or re-piped to prevent additional water damage in the future that is very costly to repair.
You Notice Corrosion on Your Pipes
If you notice visible corrosion on the pipes in your home—such as on the outside or at the joints of the pipes underneath your bathroom sink—that is a clear sign that your home requires partial or full re-piping.
Tell-tale signs of significant pipe corrosion include stains, discoloration, and rust. Again, the only permanent solution to pipes that have corroded is to replace those pipes completely—other repairs are only temporary fixes.
Your Water Pressure is Low
There are many reasons why your water pressure could be low, but low water pressure is a common sign that your home plumbing system needs its pipes replaced.
Corrosion and/or the buildup of sediment and other debris inside the pipes in your home can lead to blockages in your pipes, which can, in turn, cause low water pressure in your home. If you notice that the water pressure from one or more faucets in your home is suddenly lower than normal, some of the pipes in your home plumbing system might need to be re-routed to fix the problem.
If you are located in or around Riverside County, consider hiring the team of professional plumbers at Accurate Leak Locators and Plumbing to re-pipe your home. Re-piping is a complicated and important job. Having it performed correctly is crucial to preserve the integrity of your house and home plumbing system. This means that it is extremely important to find a reputable and professional plumbing company that you can trust to re-pipe your home.
Accurate Leak Locators and Plumbing is a trustworthy professional plumbing and leak location company with more than 30 years of experience in the plumbing industry. They are fully bonded and insured, and their team of plumbing professionals is well-equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to correctly re-pipe a home.
If you think your home might be in need of re-routing or re-piping services, give Accurate Leak Locators and Plumbing a call as soon as possible to schedule an inspection of your home plumbing system that will offer you a clear and professional diagnosis of the work that needs to be done to get your home plumbing system back to like-new condition.