How To Know When Your House Needs Repiping

When Should I Call A Plumber To Repipe My House?

If your home was built before the 1970’s or hasn’t been remodeled, you will most likely have old pipes that need replacing. Take a look below at a few tips that will help you determine if your house needs repiping.

1. Look for signs of trouble

Take a look at exposed pipes in your basement, crawl space below your house or even the pipes connected to your water heater. Look for flaking, stains, discoloration, dimpling, etc. These are all signs of corrosion. Another obvious sign of your pipes decaying is yellow or brown water coming out of your sinks or tub.

If you notice a leak in your pipes, there may be other leaks you are unaware of. Leaks are a sure sign that your pipes are old and worn and need to be replaced. Rather than having to continually repair them, the best option is to replace them.

2. Remove hazardous pipe material

If you have an older house that was built in the early 1920’s or around then, the piping is most likely made from lead and polybutylene. These are dangerous pipes and should be replaced immediately. Lead seeps into your drinking water and can cause dangerous health issues. Polybutylene pipes are also more prone to breaking and leaking.

When Is The Best Time To Replace Pipes?

Home remodeling or home renovations are the perfect time to replace your home’s pipes. However, if your house is built on a raised foundation then replacing the pipes can also be done with minimal damage. Homes built on a slab foundation can benefit from having their pipes replaced though the amount of drywall patching and painting is usually higher.

Copper Versus PEX Pipes

When you’re ready to replace your pipes you will need to decide which material to use. An experienced plumber can help you choose the best option for your home. Because many homeowners don’t know anything about these pipes, we have listed differences and advantages between copper and PEX repiping below.

Copper pipes

A few advantages of copper pipes:

  • They are longer lasting than PEX pipes
  • They are a recyclable material
  • They can be used outside
  • Bacteria resistant
  • Safer in natural disasters

A few disadvantages of copper pipes:

  • They are more expensive
  • They are more prone to pinhole leaks
  • They are louder than PEX pipes

PEX pipes

A few advantages of PEX pipes:

  • They are less expensive
  • They are easier to install
  • They don’t get pinhole leaks like copper
  • Excellent for both extreme cold and hot weather
  • More resistant to bursting due to its flexibility

If your home’s plumbing isn’t working properly, it can create many unnecessary problems. Replacing your home’s piping provides numerous benefits including health benefits, lowering water leak damage costs, reducing stress and much more.

As always, speak with your expert plumber for advice on repiping. A plumber can give you their professional opinion and help you determine which pipes will be best for you and for your home.