Nothing in this world lasts forever, this is certainly true of the plumbing fixtures and piping in your house. Over time, your piping will begin to rust, decay, and/or corrode. Though you can repair certain areas one at a time, history tells us that when certain issues begin to occur, they are likely to eventually be a problem throughout your entire plumbing system if it is not replaced. The most common problems include leaks, flooding, and low water pressure. If you have an older piping network in your house and are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues, it may be time to repipe your house. Repiping sounds like an extensive and drawn-out process. However, for professional plumbers like those at LeadingEdge Plumbing & Rooter, it is a process that can be completed within 3 – 5 days (in some cases quicker). Learn more about the phases of repiping your home and how to know when it’s time to repipe your house below.
Phases of Repiping Your Home
There are four phases of repiping a home. Overall, you can expect to be without water for only 1 – 2 days. In most cases, your water will be turned off in the morning that the actual repiping begins and will be turned back on that same evening. However, in some cases, this can take longer. It is important to have an understanding of how long the project will take so you can plan accordingly.
As is the case with most plumbing projects, prep work is necessary for the job to be completed successfully. Repiping is essentially removing all of the water supply piping within your home and replacing it with new piping. To effectively evaluate your pipes, a plumber will likely need to cut holes in your drywall and potentially other places. When the evaluation is completed, your plumber will inform you of other areas of the home that they may need access to during the project.
Obtaining a Permit
In many states, you will need to obtain a permit before a repiping project has started. Furthermore, when it is completed, it will be required to pass a state inspection. It is recommended that you work with a contractor that will take care of this for you. Otherwise, it can be a confusing process.
Before repiping begins, your contractor will need to fully remove certain areas of your drywall (not just cut holes). They will cover your furniture and remove and fixtures that are impeding their ability to reach the pipes. After the repiping has been completed, your contractor will check the water supply system to be sure that it is working effectively.
Repair Drywall and Sheetrock
If you are worried about the holes in your wall and the removal of sheetrock sections, don’t be. Most experienced contractors will patch any holes created and clean up after themselves when the repiping project concludes.
When Should I Repipe My House?
It can be difficult to know whether you are dealing with a localized plumbing issue or one that affects the entirety of your plumbing system. If you are consistently experiencing the following problems, it may be time to consider repiping your home (especially if your pipes have outlived their life expectancy).
- Leaking Pipes
- Low Water Pressure
- Corroded Pipes
- Water that is Rust-Colored
- Extreme Temperature Changes in Your Water
- Unexplained Pipe Noises
- Foul Smell Coming From Pipes
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned issues more often than not, then it is in your best interest to contact an experienced repiping contractor before the issue gets worse and/or causes major damage to your home.