Everything You Need to Know about Repiping

plumber fixing central heating systemWhat is Repiping?

Repiping is another word for replacing the pipes in a home or other building. It’s not a temporary fix, as the entire piping system is replaced with a brand new one. There are a few different methods for repiping, all of which should only be done by a licensed, insured plumber.

Your home or building contains a complex pipe system to provide you with access to fresh water. These pipes are meant to last 50 years or more, but sometimes they’ll need to be replaced sooner than that.

How Does the Process Work?

A plumbing specialist will either run lines down through the attic or dig around your building to install the new pipes. We do this without having to cause any major damage to your property. There are three options for repiping, which are as follows:

  1. New Copper Piping—the most traditional way to go
  2. PEX Piping—cost-effective, plastic-composite-style piping
  3. Pipe Relining—creates a new lining inside the pipes; good for hard-to-get-to-pipes

Why is Repiping Done?

There are quite a few reasons why repiping would be necessary. These reasons will depend on the age of your home or building, the type of piping, and the building codes—among other factors. Some of the most common reasons for repiping include the following:

  • Leaking Pipes—If your pipes frequently leak or contain leaks in different areas, this could mean that the copper is not very high quality or maybe that your pipes are just old and no longer functioning well.
  • Illegal Piping—Unfortunately, sometimes contractors install pipes that are not up to building codes and are not legal. Having the wrong pipes in your home or building can be hazardous, but is often not noticed until an inspection when trying to sell your property.
  • Old Galvanized Piping—Most of the piping that was used before the 1960s was made from galvanized steel. If your home or building still contains this type of piping, you are likely dealing with issues such as rust in your drinking water and reduced water flow.

How Can You Tell if You Need Repiping?

A certified plumber will perform an inspection in order to determine whether a repair or repiping will be appropriate. If you notice any of the following signs, you will want to request an inspection so we can identify and fix the problem properly:

  • Frequent leaks in your pipes
  • Leaks in different areas of your pipes
  • Low water pressure
  • Water that contains rust or dark flakes
  • Strange tasting water
  • Inconsistent water temperatures

If you have noticed any of the signs above or want to be sure your pipes are up to code, the plumbing experts at Pete Fer & Son will inspect your pipes and recommend the best possible solution. Should we discover a need for repiping, we’ll provide you with a competitive quote. We are experienced with both commercial and residential jobs. No matter the size of your building, we can complete the project fast, correctly, and ensure that everything is up to code.

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