For the most part, a licensed plumber is able to repair a leak that is in your plumbing. However, if you experience a sudden drop in water pressure, you keep having issues with leaks, or your plumbing is incredibly noisy, it is going to take more than a repair to fix those problems. When a home’s plumbing experiences any of those issues, the most course of action is to invest in repiping. What does repipe mean? The most common thing that repiping can achieve is replacing entire or sections of plumbing pipes in a home; it can also include replacing various plumbing components like valves, connections, or supply lines.
Because it can be a pretty serious plumbing service, it’s important to know what the reasons would be for getting repipe service for your home.
- Old Home: If you live in an older home and you have never replaced the pipes, it will probably need to happen sooner than later. That’s because most pipes that were installed in older homes have a tendency to become broken or burst; investing in new pipes will prevent this from happening.
- Leaks: Sure plumbing pipes develop leaks from time to time, but there are two instances when you should consider repiping. The first is when there are small leaks, called pinhole leaks, in your pipes. The second is when your pipes have had multiple leaks that have been fixed. Both of these issues will only get worse and will eventually need repipe service.
- Low Water Pressure: A lack of water pressure can be because your plumbing pipes have become corroded or there is a buildup of a lot of minerals in the pipe. Either way, they both can cause serious issues to your pipes.
- Water Discoloration: Just like low water pressure can be a sign that your pipes have rusted, so can the color of your water. Redish, brownish water coming out of your faucet indicates that there is rust in the pipes. Not only can this affect the taste of your water, but it’s not the healthiest for you.
While a repipe service is pretty common and used quite frequently, it’s important to point out that there are alternatives to repiping. The most popular alternative to repiping is with epoxy coating; with an epoxy coating, plumbers don’t have to replace an entire pipe, they can use the coating within the existing pipe to repair it. It cuts down the time of replacing pipes and it doesn’t involve cutting through walls or ceilings.
Of course, even if you are experiencing these issues with your plumbing pipes, it’s still important that you call a professional plumber to take a look at your plumbing. When you are having problems with your residential roofing, you wouldn’t call anyone but a roofer, so in the event that your pipes are having issues, you will need to get into contact with a plumbing contractor you can trust.
What Does Repiping a House Entail?
No matter how strong the material of your pipes is, they will eventually need to be replaced. However, sometimes that will require a whole house repipe or a partial repipe, meaning either your whole plumbing pipes will be replaced or only certain areas of the pipe will be replaced. If you are getting whole repiping for your home, there are a whole lot of factors that go into the process. The first thing that your plumbing contractor will have to do is decide on what materials will be used for your repiping. There are several options to choose from such as copper, PVC, CPVC, and PEX. Once the material is chosen, the plumbing team will first start repiping going through your walls or ceiling. It’s important to note that whoever you choose as your plumber, that they patch up all of the areas that they cut up. For a whole house repipe, the installation can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This is all going to depend on the size of the home and the extent of the damage. While it might seem frustrating that this service takes a bit of time, it’s important to know that once it’s completed, your pipes should last several years to a lifetime.
Because repiping is a very extensive job, it’s going to cost a bit of money to invest in either partial or whole repiping. So does insurance cover repiping? Unfortunately, most insurance companies are only going to cover the cost of damages that were made from broken or busted pipes and not the actual replacement of pipes. Even then they can deny your claim and not cover the expenses for burst pipe damage. The insurance company will only cover pipe damages that are considered an unexpected accident; if they determine that pipe bursts could’ve been prevented, they can deny the claim outright.
What is the Best Pipe To Use for Plumbing?
There are many types of pipes that are used for residential plumbing. These kinds of pipes include copper, CPVC, PEX, PVC, and steel. Each pipe is going to have their own benefits, as well as disadvantages, so it’s important to look at all of them to determine which is the best kind for a repipe job. Copper has been used for a long time and with good reason. It is leak resistant, recyclable, long-lasting, and doesn’t affect your drinking water in a negative way. The downside to using copper for repiping is that they are more expensive and there is the possibility that they contain lead when it’s soldered. Next is CPVC, which is a plastic type of pipe. This pipe is flexible, so it’s easy for anyone to use. Not only that, there is chlorine present in this type of pipe and they work well with both cold and hot water. There are a couple of disadvantages to using this kind of pipe, one being you can’t recycle it once it’s reached its lifespan, and the second being that it can break easily when it freezes.
PEX is also a plastic pipe and the reason it’s a great pipe to use for repiping is that it is heat resistant, works with cold and hot lines, and it’s just an all-purpose type of pipe. There is the argument that this type of pipe can contaminate water due to how it’s manufactured, but many places have used it even with pretty stringent laws. PVC, another plastic pipe, has a wide range of benefits. This type of pipe is more affordable, can be used for a variety of drain lines, can withstand higher water pressure, and they do not corrode. However, PVC does not work well with hot water so it can be damaged when it comes into contact with hot water. Back in the day, steel pipes were used in many homes, but homes that still have that type of piping have to be repiped, as they rust easily, are heavy, and have the potential of releasing lead into the water.
Repiping with PEX pipe has become a pretty common thing. Many people want to know the difference of repiping PEX vs copper. While copper lasts a long time and is recyclable, it is going to cost a lot more and it’s not as easy to work with as PEX is. Copper tends to be chosen because of its lifespan, but many people who want to work with PEX ask, “How long does PEX last for?” The answer is that lasts about 50 years, so it will last longer than most people will have their homes. If you have more questions about Fontana, CA repiping and what pipe material would be best for you, call A O Dowd Plumbing Inc. at (909) 684-1915 today!