If your home is over 50 years old and you’re dealing with constant water restrictions, leaks, and other issues, you may need to call a repipe contractor and ask whether it’s time to repipe your house.
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When to Call a Repipe Contractor
If your home was built before the 1970s and you’ve never remodeled or upgraded your plumbing system, your plumbing system is due for a replacement. However, there are some signs that indicate it should be done sooner than later.
When pipes go bad, it can cause water discoloration. So, if you notice your water is red, brown, or yellow, consider it a red flag that means your pipes need replacing.
Foul Water Taste
Many people drink bottled water because they don’t like the smell or taste of the water coming from the tap. But, if you drink tap water or brush your teeth with it and notice a foul taste, it could mean there’s a problem with your pipes.
You should know how old your home is and your pipes are probably the same age. Pipes over 50 years old are probably ready to be replaced, especially if they’re lead. Homes manufactured in the 1920s typically have lead plumbing systems, while homes in the 70s typically use galvanized steel. Both piping materials were fine for the period but haven’t stood the test of time and must be replaced with safer, more durable materials.
Lead and galvanized steel pipes corrode as they age, causing leaks. Eventually, the pipes degrade so thoroughly that constantly repairing them stops making sense, and it’s better to spend your hard-earned money on a new, more reliable system.
Noisy homes are said to have character. But sometimes, noises indicate a serious problem, like in your pipes. If your pipes make banging, shrieking, or squealing noises, call a plumber to diagnose the problem and determine whether repiping is in order.
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It’s understandable for homeowners to put off repiping their homes because of the expense and inconvenience. However, repiping is more economical than you think and provides many benefits besides getting a new plumbing system.
Sure, repiping your home is an expense, but considering how much money you’ll save not repairing leaks or bursts, and the accompanying water damage, it’s well worth the investment.
Speaking of investment, when it comes to remodeling and home improvement, repiping your house is an excellent way to increase your home’s value, which can be beneficial if you decide to sell it.
As mentioned, pipes made with outdated materials can make your water look and taste terrible. Galvanized steel pipes are known to rust after a certain point, and lead presents its own problems. Repiping your home with copper or PVC eliminates corrosion and gives you cleaner, better-tasting water.
Better Water Pressure
It’s common for calcium and sediment deposits to build up in older pipes, reducing water pressure. Replacing your worn-out, clogged plumbing restores the preferred water pressure to make washing and other household chores easier.
If you’re unsure whether you need to repipe your home, call one of our experienced technicians for an inspection and to discuss your options.