Does My Home Need to be Repiped?

Repiping your home is a daunting task and one that is not easily diagnosed or remedied yourself. Before letting anyone cut into your home, read this blog post to see if repiping is truly necessary, and do your research on plumbing professionals to find a company that fits best for you.

When Do You Need to Repipe

Repiping your house is a big task, so it’s essential to understand when it is necessary. There are a few signs that will point you to needing to replace all of your pipes.

You could need repiping services if you’ve noticed:

  • Leaking pipes

  • Discolored water

  • Recurring drain issues

Keep reading for a more in-depth analysis of the signs that your home needs to be repiped.

Age of The Pipes

If you live in a home that is around 50 years old and you know that the pipes have never been replaced, then you should start thinking about and planning on replacing your home’s pipes. The timeline differs slightly depending on the material that was used. For instance, copper lasts about 50 years, galvanized steel lasts about 50 years, and brass lasts 40 years.

One of the most common types of pipes that were installed 50 years ago were made of galvanized steel, which has been known to corrode and burst with age. If you’re unsure about the state of your home’s pipes, it’s best not to leave it to chance. Contact a professional today for an inspection and recommendation.

Discolored Water

We mentioned that galvanized pipes are more likely to burst overtime, but there are a few other issues with them. First, what are galvanized pipes? They’re made of steel, and then they are coated in a protective zinc layer to prevent rust and corrosion. Unfortunately, that zinc coating doesn’t last forever, and eventually, the pipes begin to rust.

The rusting can seep into your water supply, turning it a reddish brown color. Small amounts of rust in the water supply is not a huge deal, but over time more and more will accumulate and could lead to health problems, and stains in your shower, bathtub, or toilet.

Low Water Pressure

If you’ve noticed that water is not flowing out of your faucet or showerhead as quickly as it used to this could be a sign of rust or mineral buildup within your pipes. It takes a long time for build up like this to occur, so if you are beginning to notice this; then it’s a good sign that you should consider replacing your pipes.

Additionally, low water pressure could signal that you have a hidden leak somewhere in your plumbing. If leaks have become a common occurrence in your home, then you would be better off paying for the replacement rather than continuing to pay for repairs and wasted water.

If you have experienced any of these problems in your own home, then don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional piping and repiping company. At High 5 Plumbing, we have spent years building a reputation for helping our customers no matter what challenges they face. We know exactly what it takes to resolve these issues while avoiding unnecessary complications.

Contact us today for more information on how we can help with your piping problems!