When Should You Consider Repiping Your Entire Home?
There are three factors to consider before choosing to repipe your home:
- Is your home 50+ years old? Up through the mid-twentieth century, galvanized steel was the primary material used in plumbing. While galvanized steel is strong, it generally succumbs to corrosion after about 50 years and needs replacement. Even more modern pipes won’t last forever, so keep an eye on plumbing systems that could be reaching the end of their lifespan.
- Are rust or minerals building up in your water? The two telltale signs of rust and mineral buildup are low water pressure and reddish-brown water coming out of the faucet. As rust or minerals accumulate over time, they slowly begin to constrict the flow of water, resulting in low water pressure. It takes a long time for this much buildup to occur, so by the time you notice it, it may be time to repipe. Red or brown water results when bits of rust break off from the pipes into your water supply, affecting your water quality.
- Do you have frequent plumbing problems or multiple pipe leaks? Occasional, isolated pipe leaks are to be expected from time to time, but frequent or recurring leaks may be a sign that the entire system is ready to be replaced.
If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, we recommend having a plumber come out and check the situation. Experiences plumbers are able to diagnose your whole house and determine the best options available to you, whether it’s a simple repair or if something more is needed.
How Does Whole Home Repiping Work?
Depending on the size of your house, repiping may take anywhere from a couple of days to a week. Typically, it is possible to do the bulk of the work that requires complete water shut off while you are out and about during the day, so you experience minimal disruption to your daily routine. To begin the repiping process, the plumbing team will first cover any carpet and furniture to protect them from dust and debris. They will then make small cuts in the wall and drywall to locate the pipes and then remove and replace them, leaving as much of the original building material as possible intact.
If further renovations are desired, such as installing a tankless water heater or expanding the water system to accommodate a remodel, this is when those additional alterations will be made. Finally, the drywall and other materials will be repaired, patched, and retextured so that it looks like nothing ever happened.
How Repiping Is Handled?
If you’re afraid that a repiping job means that plumbers will tear out your drywall and floorboards, turning your home into a demolition zone, you don’t need to worry. Repiping is a large job, but Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can handle it in a way to reduce the intrusive work done on the building material of your home.
Repipers start by covering floors and furniture to protect them from water damage and dust during the work. They then locate the pipes in your walls with small cuts into the drywall of the walls and ceilings. They will only remove as much building material as necessary to reach, detach, and remove the old pipe and replace it with new copper, PEX, or CPVC piping. To access pipes in the floor, plumbers will, whenever possible, go in through the ceiling below it. If you wish, you can arrange to have additional pipes put in at this time if you need to expand your water service for a remodel.
Once the pipes have been replaced, the plumbers will restore the surgical cuts into the walls and ceiling and patch and re-texture them to leave no sign behind they were there.