13 Aug. 18

Is it Time to Repipe Your Old Home?

Is your home’s plumbing system failing to perform the way that it should? In older homes, piping is often an issue. While leaky pipes can be easily repaired, a more serious problem with your pipes can require repiping your home’s entire plumbing system. In fact, most homes that were built before the eighties, use copper metal piping. While this type of metal is strong, it’s considered a softer metal and is less durable than its counterparts.

It’s important to be aware of signs that your home’s plumbing infrastructure needs repiping because this can result in bigger issues. Check out these common signs that your home needs repiping.

Low Water Pressure

Are your showers so weak that it leaves you feeling frustrated? Or maybe you can’t wash dishes and water the lawn at the same time. If you find that your home’s water supply is incredibly weak this is a major indication of low water pressure. Typically, low water pressure is a result of pipes narrowing or closing due to a buildup of mineral deposits and rusting that interrupts the flow of water. This level of build-up usually takes some time to develop. You can use a water pressure gauge to find out the exact measure of water that is being pushed through your pipes.  Therefore, this can mean that your pipes are aging and it’s time to replace them.

Poor Quality of Water

Some pipes will begin to rust over time. Rusting occurs when iron comes into contact with oxygen whether from the air or water. Unfortunately, when this happens the rust tends to fall off into the water supply. Rust in water presents itself in the form of:

Discoloration – Rust can turn the water that comes out of the tap red, brown or yellow. In severe cases, you’ll even notice small flecks of rusting floating in the water.

Stains – Discolored water will eventually stain your plumbing fixtures. It can turn the toilet bowl or the sink yellow or whatever color that it changes the water too.

Taste – Water that contains rust can sometimes have a strange taste. Many people have reported that it rust in water is accompanied with a strong metallic taste that has a bitter aftertaste.

Frequent Pipe Leaks

How many times have you called a plumber in to fix leaky pipes in your home in the past couple of years? While isolated pipe leaks in different areas of the home can be expected from time to time if you find that this is the case frequently you may have a bigger issue on your hand. The most common sign of leakage is water seepage or a wet spot on the wall or ceiling.

When pipes are in regular need of repairing then it’s time to consider investing in repiping your home’s entire plumbing infrastructure. This will save you both time and money.

Old Homes

How old is your home? If you live in a house that is more than fifty years old and you’ve never replaced the pipes, more than likely you’ll have to install new ones soon. A lot of older homes have galvanized pipes which tend to corrode and bust with age.

Repiping is a major plumbing project which is why many homeowners are often reluctant to undertake such an extensive job. However, in some cases, this can be a convenient solution and the most cost-effective option. It’s important to know that repiping an entire house will mean that your water service will be suspended until the job is complete. If you hire a skilled and experienced plumbing contractor you can expect minimal disruptions in your normal routine.

Call the trusted team at Metroplex Leak & Line Locators at 214-388-4525 to schedule an appointment for service.