When To Re-pipe Instead Of Repair

Plumbing Repair

When plumbing pipes have issues, often it can be fixed with a simple repair in a certain section of piping. However, some problems require the entire plumbing system to be replaced, which is called repiping. While the need for repiping depends on each individual situation, there are some common scenarios that often lead to a house being repiped.

  1. Type of Plumbing

Older homes often have galvanized pipes, which are known to burst and corrode as they age. Copper and brass pipes are also common in some older houses and might start showing signs of wear and tear. If the pipes have never been replaced in an older home and plumbing issues start occurring, repiping is necessary. The pipes will be replaced with a better material that will last for years to come.

  1. Red or Brown Water

Certain types of plumbing pipes rust over time, which can cause the water to turn red or brown when coming from faucets. This can change the taste of the water, ruin clothing, and in some cases, can be unhealthy. This rusting comes from the pipes aging, which means the best way to fix it is repiping the entire system.

  1. Constant Repairs

If the plumbing requires multiple repairs over a short period of time, it can definitely cost homeowners quite a bit of money. One way to stop this cycle of costly repairs is to replace the pipes with new ones. While it is a large upfront investment, it pays off over time with less frequent repairs, saving water, and having better water quality.

Plumbing systems that are older or experiencing multiple problems can lead to leaks and water damage in the home. Repairs can help, but may not be a permanent solution when the pipes have outlived their life expectancy. The plumbing experts at All Star Plumbing and Restoration can assist homeowners in deciding whether to repair or replace the pipes.

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