If your home is more than 50 years old, there’s a good chance the pipes were made with galvanized steel or cast iron both of which are known to corrode. Even if you’re not experiencing problems now, it’s only a matter of time with old pipes. Call a professional plumber and ask them about whole home repiping options.
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Signs You Need Whole House Repiping
No one wants to think about having all the pipes replaced in their home; it’s a big, expensive job that most don’t want to deal with. However, it is something worth considering if you’re experiencing frequent problems with your pipes. Here are three signs you need whole home repiping.
- The Age of Your Home - As mentioned above, homes made before WWII were made with steel or iron pipes, both of which are starting to corrode about now. Replace them with copper or plastic to extend the longevity of your plumbing
- Low Water Pressure - When you have lowered water pressure, it could be a sign that you have issues within your plumbing system, which may require repiping services.
- Lack of Maintenance - If you’ve never had maintenance performed on your plumbing, it’s time you called in a plumber for an assessment and recommendation on whether you need repair or replacement.
Should You Repipe With Copper or PEX?
If you’ve determined that you need whole home repiping, you might be considering whether to go with copper or PEX pipes. Here are some tips to help you decide.
There are fewer joints with PEX piping, which may lower the cost of installation. Also, PEX is flexible and withstands temperature extremes better. Lastly, PEX piping is more efficient at keeping heat. Copper comes with a 50-year warranty and is one of the most widely used materials by plumbers today. Also, when fitted properly, copper joints are virtually leak proof. Lastly, harmful bacteria don’t grow easily in copper pipes.
If you’re still unsure, call your whole home repiping company for a recommendation.
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Why Call Us?
A whole house repiping is a major job that you should only trust to the most qualified professionals. At Snappy Electric, Plumbing, Heating, & Air, our technicians are licensed and undergo thorough background checks. We’re a full-service residential plumber that’s highly rated in the community for our service.