Unless there’s an obvious problem, like burst pipes and flooding water, most homeowners aren’t in much of a hurry to repipe their homes. In fact, many homeowners would rather put off repiping for as long as possible, until something major goes wrong. What they don’t realize is that putting off a full-home repiping or partial repiping can end up costing a lot more money in the long run, especially if water damage is involved.
To avoid this pitfall, you should consider repiping your home sooner rather than later if any of the following statements apply to you...
1. Your pipes are made from undesirable materials like galvanized steel, polybutylene, or lead.
Whether you intend to sell your home or to stay in it for the foreseeable future, repiping is highly recommended if your pipes were constructed using any of these 3 materials.
Galvanized steel pipes pose a risk of water damage to your home because of how they corrode from the inside out. The initial signs of this are restricted water flow or low water pressure. As the problem worsens, the pipes gain a higher and higher risk of leaking or rupturing.
U.S. building codes no longer permit polybutylene piping and for good reason. Sometimes called “poly” piping, polybutylene piping reacts with different disinfectants in public water supplies. This reaction happens over and over through each layer of the piping material and ends up making it brittle and prone to breaking and leaking. Unfortunately, between 1978 to 1995, when polybutylene pipes were all the rage, over 10 million U.S. homes were built with this piping material in their plumbing.
Lead pipes pose a risk to your health, along with the health of anyone else exposed to the water in your home. According to the EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency), lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures are the most common sources of lead in drinking water. Lead is toxic and can be harmful at even low exposure levels, particularly for children.
2. You have slab leaks.
Slab leaks occur when a leak forms in one or more of the copper water lines that run through a home’s concrete foundation. These leaks can develop due to the copper’s acidity or due to certain soil conditions that react with the copper. Not only can these leaks run up your water bill, but they can also cause structural damage to your home through its very foundation, which could lead to much more expensive repairs in the future.
3. You're experiencing low water pressure or drastic changes in water temperature.
If you start to experience lower and lower water pressure from your faucets, this is an initial sign that at least part of your home is in need of repiping. Another indication is big, sudden differences in water temperature, particularly when someone is showering at the same time someone else flushes a toilet. These problems occur when debris from corrosion builds up inside piping.
4. Discolored water comes out of your faucets.
Whenever you turn on any faucet in your home, the water should always be clear and free of any yellow, red, or brown tint. If you see this type of discoloration when you turn on the water, even for just a second or two, it means that rust or corrosion is occurring somewhere in your pipes.
The rustier or more corroded your pipes are, the more prone they are to leaking or breaking. Even pinhole leaks can cause serious damage over time, causing wood to rot and promoting mold growth.
Repiping is not as scary as it sounds.
If you know your home is in need of repiping but are dreading the process, then it’s time to contact Clean Team Plumbing. We have over 25 years of experience, and we use only the best materials and the latest methods for hassle-free repiping. Our team will also take the time to explain all your options and provide a free, in-person estimate, so you’ll know what to expect.