The pipes in your home’s plumbing should last a long time. However, they don’t last indefinitely. After all, they work hard day after day; it stands to reason they would wear down eventually. Consequently, a replumb may be necessary. But what exactly does that mean?
Replumbing a home costs a good deal of time and money, so if your plumber tells you it is what you need, there are things you should be aware of. If a small pipe can be repaired, that may be the best option. But when a needed repair indicates worn lines, you may just have to get that replumb.
In the following article, the experts at Flow Pros Plumbing will share with you the signs and reasons for a replumb, what to expect, and how to schedule your replumb.
What is a Replumb?
It really is as simple as it sounds. A home replumb is simply replacing all the pipes in and even under the home. What you should know is this is not a simple, cut-and-dry procedure. There can be variables as your plumbing company opens walls and pipes. Each home is unique in age, piping, and size. So, giving a blanket statement as to cost is not possible.
If you suspect you need a replum of your house, contact your local plumbing company to inspect the plumbing and make a recommendation.
Signs You Need a Replumb
Suppose you are experiencing problems with your plumbing repeatedly. In that case, you may need a repipe or replumb of the entire plumbing system in the home. Homeowners should be aware this is not an easy job. It should only be executed by a professional, licensed, and insured plumbing company.
That said, here is a list of the signs to look for indicating you may need a whole home replumb.
Leaking pipes can cause more issues like foundation erosion and more. When you have leaking pipes in more than one area of the home, you may need new pipes to stop the problem altogether.
If your home is older and the plumbing has never been replaced, you may need replumbing. Pipes that are more than 50 years old should be replaced when the first signs of leaks appear.
When your plumber tells you that the home has lead piping, they should be replaced immediately. Galvanized steel pipes from the 70s are ready for replacement. You sure don’t want steel leaking into your water source. Also, polybutylene pipes were used for a while, then pulled from the market, as they tend to leak. They need to be monitored and replaced if they begin to leak.
If you have noisy pipes in more than one room of the home, they are most likely due for replacement. Rattling pipes can indicate dislodged fittings or sediment entering the lines. In those cases, it could be time for a repiping.
Water should be clear, right? Yellow, brown, or reddish water should never flow from your fixture. If only in hot water lines, you may need a new water heater. But if it is the entire home, you probably need a replumb.
When Water tastes and Smells Funky
If your water has a foul smell or taste, that is a clear sign you need new pipes. If you cannot drink your water, consider a replumb.
When pipes flake, rust, or begin to get holes in them, you know they are wearing out. It is only time until you have a significant leak. So, instead of waiting for that terrible day, go ahead and schedule a pipe inspection and repipe the home.
Unusual Water Pressure
If the pipes are spewing and spitting, there may be a problem. If they are barely releasing water, that is a whole different issue. Either way, calling a plumber out to inspect is necessary. The pressure in your pipes is felt not only in your bathroom faucet but in the dishwasher and washing machine as well. So, it is critical to keep even flow throughout the home.
The Benefits to a Replumb of Your House
Especially in older homes, a repipe on the entire house could benefit you in a time of resale. And if not looking to sell, there are other benefits to repiping the house.
- Replumbing can reduce your water bill, especially if there were leaks you have not yet found.
- Leaks and worn-out pipes will be caught and replaced before they become more significant issues.
- Water pressure will be regular and even throughout the house.
- Your drinking water will be crystal clear and clean to enjoy.
While a replumb on the home will not necessarily increase the house’s monetary value, it will bring it to market value. What’s more, a repipe will instill confidence in the care you have taken of the home to potential buyers. Indeed, with an older home, a repipe is a value-added to anyone who is assured they won’t need to replumb anytime soon.
What to Expect in Your Replumbing Job
The most common question is how long it will take. The average is seven to ten days to replumb a home. Of course, that depends mainly on the size and condition of the house. Smaller homes may only take a few days. In addition, when a home has a basement or a crawl space, the job is much easier than those built on a foundation.
Here is a general overview of the steps taken to replumb a home.
- Your plumbing company will come out to the home to estimate, measure, and schedule the repipe.
- Your plumbing company will pull the necessary permits for the job.
- This is where the homeowner should consider a vacation in a local hotel for a few days.
- On the day of the job, the water will be shut off, and the plumber will drain the lines.
- Then protective cloths will be placed strategically, covering flooring and furniture where they could be in danger.
- Cuts will be made in the drywall where needed so the pipes can be accessed and pulled.
- Old lines come out, and the new pipes and fittings will go in.
- Any additional issues can be addressed at his time. If there is mildew from a leaky pipe or ground erosion, they can be dealt with at this point.
- Now the water can be turned on again, and each of the fittings checked for any leaks.
- When all is sound, your plumber can patch, seal and paint the drywall to look like new.
- Now you can return from your staycation and return to the normal function of the home.
Scheduling Your Home’s Replumbing
It is never a good idea to try to replumb your home on your own. There are too many things that can go wrong in a repiping and end up costing a lot more than just hiring a professional to get the job done. Not to mention, you’ll need a permit for the job. Your plumber knows just how to get that done without any hassle to you.
Flow Pros Plumbing is ready to help you out if your home needs a replumb. We proudly serve the plumbing needs of the Pinellas and Hillsborough County areas. Our skilled plumbers can let you know whether you need a pipe replaced or a whole new plumbing system. And if it is just the water heater, we can handle that too.
So call today to get on the schedule for an inspection and begin the process of getting your plumbing up to date. Contact us at Flow Pros Plumbing today.