Is It Time for Whole House Repiping?
For many plumbing problems, such as leaks or clogs, all you need to do is give our professional plumbers a call for quick repair. However, at some point, your plumbing system will age to the extent that replacing or repairing just one section of piping isn’t going to cut it—what you’ll need instead is whole-house Durham, NC repiping.
Whole house repiping is the safest way to protect your home from leaks and water damage once your plumbing system ages to a certain point. It’s often the last resort when it comes to fixing plumbing problems, but definitely necessary sometimes. But how do you know if your household needs it?
Your Pipes Are Old
Let’s get a little more specific, here. Up until the 1960’s, plumbers were still using galvanized steel for pipe installation. Galvanized steel is long lasting, but long-lasting means about 40-50 years. So if your home is still using it that means it’s at least 18 years overdue for replacement.
Today’s plumbing installations involve copper or plastic piping, which is longer lasting and doesn’t experience the problems that older, galvanized steel pipes do. These problems include rust development, corrosion, and absorbing contaminants (like lead). So not only is the integrity of your pipes at risk, but so is your health.
A couple of leaks here or there might simply mean that you need repairs, or that you have to replace one section of your piping. However, if you’ve had to repair numerous leaks throughout the years, in different locations in your home, it could very well mean that your plumbing system is failing.
At the end of the day, repiping is going to be a better option than replacing corroded pipes piece by piece, both for your convenience and your wallet.
Minerals can build up in your pipes over time if you have hard water—that is, water that has a high occurrence of calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals are harmless to ingest, so there’s no reason to panic about your health if hard water is present. However, they also can, and do in many cases, cause problems for the plumbing appliances in your home.
Signs like white or yellow-green buildup around fixtures such as faucets and showerheads, water spots on your dishes out of the dishwasher, and clothes fading too fast after you washed them all indicate you may have hard water. In many—actually, most—cases you can resolve it with a water softener installation. However, if you’ve noticed significantly reduced water pressure throughout the home, you may have pipes with pinhole leaks from the corrosion caused by this problem.
As we mentioned above, whole-house repiping is a “last resort” plumbing repair. But if you suspect you may need it, it’s worth giving our pros a call. It may be something that just needs a repair or a solution such as a water treatment system. But you’ll never know until you have it checked!
Contact our team today for effective and reliable plumbing services, no matter what your needs may be. One Call Plumbing: Blending Technology with Traditional Values.