Even though your home’s pipes are built to last for years, they won’t last forever. If you live in an older home, your plumbing might be wearing down and are more prone to leaks. Some may have mineral deposits that slow the flow of water through them, and some have been known to leach potentially hazardous materials into water. If this is the case, you may need to replace some or all of the plumbing in a process called repiping your home.
Repiping your home is a large and complicated process that is always best left to professionals, even when only some of your pipes need to be replaced. Fortunately, many plumbing professionals are able to repipe a home these days without tearing apart most of its drywall and floorboards. A team of repiping contractors will make exact surgical cuts into the walls and floors that need to be removed, and the old pipes will be replaced with new ones made primarily from copper, cast iron, and plastic. Of course, the contractors will take precautions to prevent the pipes from leaking and damaging the rest of the home as they are being replaced. Overall, a repiping job takes between three and five days to complete and costs between $4,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of pipes that are installed and how much of your plumbing needs to be replaced.
When Does Your Home Need Repiping?
Most homes that need to be repiped are older homes with pipes that are around 50 years old, but age isn’t the only indicator that your home needs to be repiped. Look for signs such as sluggish drains, screeching sounds coming from your faucets when you turn them on, poor water pressure, and dark stains appearing on your walls with no explanation. All of these are signs that you have plumbing problems in your home; if you notice them in a home with older plumbing, you should definitely call to have your pipes replaced. The damage will keep getting worse until it becomes too costly to repair, so have your home repiped sooner rather than later when you notice these issues.
If you believe that your home’s plumbing needs to be replaced, contact a plumber to inspect your home. The plumber will determine which of your pipes need to be replaced and work with you to find a way to give you safe and durable new plumbing that will last for years.