Sometimes a small plumbing issue turns into something much larger, and it may become necessary to replace all of the water lines in a home. By considering a few important questions, customers can get a sense of whether or not repiping may be necessary long before a plumber is called into a home.
How Old Is the Home?
Most repiping jobs are assigned to older houses, primarily because older homes were built according to the codes of bygone eras. Today, the materials plumbers use when building or renovating homes are much more durable and safe than some of the galvanized piping we see in older houses. Most homes built before 1970 contain out-of-date materials, so if you live in a home from that era, we recommend having someone take a look at your pipes to ensure they are safe, secure, and up to code.
What Type of Piping Does the Home Currently Use?
While these older homes tend to use galvanized steel pipes because they can last for up to a century, the reason these are not often used anymore is because rust can build up inside smaller-diameter pipes, and the scale that breaks loose into the water supply makes it effectively unpotable.
Copper piping is similarly durable and is very often used in many newer homes, but it requires soldering, and not all plumbers are skilled at doing this, meaning leaks are entirely too common. GPS Plumbing often repipes with the latest in pex piping technology, severely reducing the potential for leaks without sacrificing durability.
What Type of Water Does the Home Have?
If you live in a home that tends to produce hard water, you may be more prone to requiring repiping, as the concentration of minerals in hard water can wear down plumbing systems much more quickly than soft water.
Are There Signs Repiping May Be Necessary?
There are a few really simple ways to determine whether or not you should call us to take a closer look at your plumbing. The following are some of the most common signs that you may require repiping:
Bad Water Pressure
If the water pressure is awful throughout the house, it’s possible that corroded pipes aren’t letting enough water through and may require replacement.
If you turn on the water and it runs yellow or red or brown, that means corroded flakes from aging pipes are getting into your water. You can’t drink that water, obviously, but pipe replacement can correct that.
Obviously when pipes start to go bad, they may leak. Any persistent leak in your home may indicate a need to repipe.
If you experience any of these signs or just want to have someone from GPS Plumbing out to take a look, don’t hesitate to call. We are happy to help keep your pipes safe, efficient, and leak-free for a long time!