As a homeowner, you likely don’t think about the pipes behind your walls. Most of the time, you don’t need to worry about the materials used for your drain and supply lines. If something goes wrong, you call a plumber to service the problem. However, if you live in an older home, a little research now could save you a headache in the future. Depending on your home’s pipes, you might want to consider repiping as an option.
Types of Pipe You Should Replace
When to hire a plumber for repiping often depends on your home goals. However, there are a handful of instances when repiping is the best option for the time. If any of the following apply to your home, consider repiping:
- Constantly leaking pipes
- Lead or polybutylene pipes
During remodeling projects, you have walls removed and plumbers have ready access to the pipes inside. The installation process becomes easier at this point. Additionally, you get to renovate your plumbing at the same time that you improve the appearance of your home.
If you have pipes that you need to have regularly repaired due to frequent leaks, you should consider repiping. Frequent leaks can happen as the piping nears the end of its useable life. Hard water also puts a strain on pipes, shortening its expected lifespan.
For older homes built during the early portion of the 20th century, lead pipes were commonly used to supply water to the home. Unfortunately, these pipes are dangerous because the water can absorb lead, causing lead poisoning in those who drink the water. During the 1970s through the 1990s, homes frequently had polybutylene pipes installed, but this material does not last long and has a high likelihood of breaking or leaking.
What Material Repiping Uses
The best part about today’s repiping methods is the low cost thanks to the use of PEX pipe. This flexible pipe costs almost half the amount of install compared to rigid pipe options.
When you contact us at Best Service Plumber for your repiping, we use PEX with a 25-year warranty. Our professional installation and the longevity of the pipes we install can let you know that your home’s plumbing will last for years.