If you own an older home or find yourself constantly making repairs to small leaks in your piping system, it may be time to consider a repipe of your entire home. Repiping is the total replacement of the plumbing pipes within your home or business. While most pipe materials are meant to last a long time, they will not last forever and poor maintenance can lead to accelerated deterioration. Here are some signs that indicate you may need to replace your pipes:
Homes that were built in the early 1900s may have lead pipes, these need to be replaced immediately to address the possibility of lead poisoning. Homes built between 1970 and 1990 may have pipes made of Polybutylene pipes, which have been proven unreliable and prone to breakage. Both of these pipe materials should be completely removed and replaced with approved, safe piping.
Homes that are in need of a repipe have a few options available to them, these include:
Total Replacement: This is a good choice to pick during a remodel or if your pipes are especially deteriorated. While a total repipe involves breaking through walls and floor, the peace of mind and increased home value make this option attractive for older homes.
Exposed Replacement: While all of the pipes in your home may need replacing, a cost saving option is replacement of exposed pipes in basements and other areas. You may still need to do a total replacement in the future. This option should only be considered if the pipes behind walls and under floors have been inspected by camera and deemed to be in acceptable condition.
PEX Piping: PEX is a flexible piping that can be snaked into the existing pipes. This option allows the pipes within your walls to be repaired without extensive destruction.
While a total repipe of your system may seem overwhelming, it is by far the most cost effective solution to your pipe problems. Having a plumber repair the same types of pipe problems over and over again quickly becomes expensive and may make selling your home difficult. Calling the Neighborhood Plumbing team in to address the your plumbing issues now now will give you peace of mind and a real solution to your pipe problems.