Is your washing machine is filling up slower than it used to? Does your tap water taste bitter? Is your shower water the color of rust? These are all indications that you may need to repipe your home. Here is everything you need to know about repiping.
What is repiping?
Repiping is the procedure of replacing existing pipes in a building or home. Most structures built 25 or more years ago contained galvanized pipes, or zinc-coated iron pipes. When these pipes age the zinc lining erodes way, triggering the formation of rust. The pipes must be replaced as soon as this deterioration process begins. Do not wait until you start noticing leaks. Call a plumber immediately.
Why is repiping necessary?
Homeowners typically replace their pipes when they start to see a significant fall in water pressure. Washing machines fill at a slower pace, hoses have a less powerful spray and the shower head often trickles instead of sending out a strong stream. It is also time to replace your pipes when they begin to leak, tap water looks dirty due to rust, or a polluted smell is emitted from the tap. Call a plumber to come out to your home or business to figure out if your problems are due to eroding pipes and whether or not you need to get your pipes replaced.
Types of materials
A variety of materials are available for your repiping job, including several types of plastic (including PVC and CPVC) and copper.
Why choose plastic?
The biggest benefit of purchasing plastic pipes is cost savings. Overall, plastic costs less to produce than copper and other metals. Plastic pipes are also less expensive to transport because they weigh significantly less than metal pipes. Thus, the end price of installing plastic pipes is significantly less than installing copper. One type of plastic piping is polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is used for cold water supply, drain, and vent pipes. A second type, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC), is used for hot water supply because of its special heat-resistant properties.
Why choose copper?
Copper is the most popular choice for interior piping because it’s durable, lightweight and recyclable and it adds resale value to your home. Although installing copper pipes is more expensive than installing plastic, the benefits will outweigh the costs in the end. Other benefits of copper repiping include better volume and water flow, clean and clear rust free water. Copper may also be the better choice if you live in an area where water freezes, as copper pipes expand to accommodate frozen water. Copper pipes are available in two basic types: rigid and flexible. Use flexible pipes when doing repairs because they can be run around obstacles without any connections or cuts.
Call a Repiping Specialist
This is not a do-it-yourself type of project. Repiping is an extensive, time-consuming home repair. Skilled plumbers with extensive plumbing experience are the wisest option for this type of project.