The Repiping Process
Plumbing emergencies can be extremely stressful. This is especially the case when it comes to a home that may need a total repipe. The good news is that this can often be avoided if a homeowner has the right knowledge about exactly what a repipe is, what the signs are that one may be needed, and how to avoid needing one in the first place. Local Fairhope plumbers have just the information everyone needs about a home repipe.
What Is a Home Repipe Project?
To begin with, what exactly is a home repipe? Repiping a home is exactly what it sounds like. The home’s plumbing may not be working as well (or at all!) for a few different reasons, which will be discussed below.
However, if a repair has been attempted but hasn’t solved the underlying issues, it may be necessary to remove the pipes (or sections of the pipes) and replace them with new pipes. This is known as a home repipe.
To perform a home repipe, it generally takes a licensed plumber a few days. This is not a home DIY project due to the complexity and risks of damage to the home. Using appropriate tools, the plumber will begin the repipe by turning off the water to the home and draining any excess water from the pipes. Flooring and furniture will need to be protected, as well. The plumber will then make precise cuts into the drywall in the areas that need the repipe, remove the problem pipes, and replace them with new ones.
Why Would a Home Repipe Be Needed?
There are a few reasons why any home may need a repipe performed. Signs that a homeowner can look for that could indicate this may be the problem include:
A Sudden, Unexplainable Drop in Water Pressure
- Cloudy or Rusty Water
- Pipes That Seem to Leak More Than They Had Been
- Burst Pipes
While other problems, like clogs, can also cause the same signs, it is important to contact a plumber when the homeowner notices any sudden changes to the plumbing system. They can evaluate and make a recommendation about the state of the pipes and if they could benefit from a repipe.
How Can Homeowners Prevent Having to Repipe Their Home?
While a repipe may be the result of a clog, it is more often just the result of aging pipes in the home. Normal wear and tear will eventually take its toll, and pipes generally last anywhere from 25 to 80 years with regular usage. So, even without any of the above-mentioned signs, it may be a good idea for homeowners to look into having a repipe done on a regular basis to avoid an emergency situation.
However, this doesn’t mean that it is okay to be lax about maintaining the plumbing system. Having regular plumbing system checks done by a professional plumber, and making sure to keep foreign objects out of the pipes can go a long way to extending the lifespan of the system.
About Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air
Founded in 1996, Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air is located in Fairhope, Alaska. They respond 24 hours a day with upfront pricing and no overtime charges. Contact them today for all your plumbing needs.