If you have a leaky pipe, it can generally be fixed by simply repairing one section of your plumbing system. However, if you are seeing more serious problems, you may need to replace all of the pipes in your home. This is called repiping a house. Because it is a more serious issue, it is important to understand why and how a repiping takes place.
Here are some of the most common reasons you might need to repipe your home.
Older homes: If your home is over 50 years old, or the pipes have never been replaced, you will probably need to repipe in the near future. Older homes tend to have galvanized pipes, which today are known to burst and corrode when they get too old.
Poor water pressure: If your water pressure has noticeably changed, or if you have been experiencing low water pressure for a while, it may be because your pipes are closing up due to rust or buildup. This kind of buildup takes a while to accumulate, and it tends to mean your pipes are getting older and need to be replaced.
Water is red or brown: Some pipes will rust over time, and the rust then gets into your water supply. This turns your tap water a red or brown color and affects the quality of the water. You definitely need to repipe your home in this situation in order to improve the quality of your water and protect your family’s health.
Multiple Leaks: A leak or two is to be expected over the lifetime of your home, but if you are experiencing frequent leaks, it is probably time to repipe. This can save you money, as you won’t have to call a plumber every time a pipe leaks, and it will help you conserve water.
The process of repiping your home:
When your home is repiped, small sections of drywall are removed in order to access and replace the pipes. The entire process can take anywhere from a few days to a week to complete. Your furniture, floors, and personal items will be covered during the process. After the home has been repiped, the pipes will be tested to make sure water is flowing properly.
Repiping is a major home repair, so make sure you choose an experienced, reputable plumbing company to do the job. MET Plumbing is a family owned, full-service plumbing company with over twenty years of experience in residential and commercial plumbing repair maintenance, installation, and replacement plumbing in the Houston area. We are the repipe specialists Houston. Call us today for an estimate!