All plumbing pipes wear out eventually, so at some point, every house will need to be repiped. Of course, it’s never a good idea to wait to repipe until your home is facing a plumbing catastrophe. It’s best to learn what clues indicate that it’s time to repipe before damage from a major plumbing problem occurs.
Here are the most common signs that your home is in need of repiping.
1. Frequent Leaks
Does it seem like your home just gets one leak after another? These frequent leaks could be because of the poor health of your plumbing pipes. As pipes age, they begin to corrode, and that corrosion can make them more susceptible to breaking, bursting, developing pinhole leaks, or not fitting properly into plumbing connections.
2. Discolored Water
When you turn on a faucet, do you see water come out that has a yellowish, reddish-orange, or brownish tinge? This indicates that corrosion has definitely started to take place. As corrosion worsens, bits of rust break off from your pipes and enter your water supply, giving your water that strange discoloration.
3. Smelly or Strange-Tasting Water
As your pipes deteriorate, your water can start to smell and taste odd as well as look odd. If you notice a difference in the quality of your water, it’s important to fix the problem as soon as possible in order to protect the health of those in your household.
4. Decreasing Water Pressure
Every once in a while, a home’s water pressure may need to be adjusted because of changes that affect the main source of local water. However, if you’ve noticed decreasing water pressure in your home that seems to keep getting worse over time, this indicates that you may have a leak somewhere in your pipes or a thick buildup of corrosion that is causing the issue.
5. Imbalanced Water Temperature Changes
When you adjust the temperature on your faucet handle, does the water temperature change drastically? Is the opposite true: do you need to turn the faucet handle a lot to make even a small temperature adjustment? Both of these problems point to an issue with the condition of your pipes.
Should I Repipe or Repair My Pipes?
When it comes to a single section of burst pipe, which might occur due to freezing or a large clog, a whole-house repipe is unnecessary. A plumber should be able to repair the section and get your plumbing system back to normal.
Repiping should be considered when the condition of a home’s pipes leads to other plumbing problems, such as recurring leaks or poor water quality. Repiping should also be considered if a home’s pipes are constructed of inferior, leak-prone materials like galvanized steel or polybutylene. A home that has undergone recent repiping is less susceptible to plumbing issues, has a higher value than it did previously, and is also more attractive to home buyers.
When you need a fair and thorough assessment of your home's pipe system, call M.A. Williams for a detailed inspection. We will present options for repair or a complete repipe and discuss the cost of your project.