I think we can all agree that re-piping or re-plumbing is definitely not a homeowner’s first choice. Most would agree that a simple plumbing repair is preferred, but sometimes certain situations may require more. Whole home re-piping may seem like a daunting and very expensive task, so let’s break down what it actually means to re-pipe your home.
When Should You Consider Whole Home Re-piping?
There are many factors to consider about your home when you start to think about the need for re-piping. Let’s look at the most common reasons for re-piping.
- Leaking pipes. If you are continually patching leaking pipes this could be an issue. Constant re-patching of pipes, especially with different material, can lead to further repairs and damage.
- Old pipes. Just like any appliance or electronic, your plumbing has a lifespan as well. Once pipes reach a certain threshold they can weaken, which can result in pipes bursting.
- Corroded pipes. If you see stains, rust, or discoloration on your pipes they are corroded and are more likely to cause leaks. It is not a good idea to repair corroded pipes due to the structural integrity of the pipes. Most homes from the 1970s or before used galvanized steel, which can lead to corrosion and it is suggested to re-pipe your home before major leaks occur.
- Poor water pressure. A common reason for poor water pressure is sediment buildup and blockage. Over time this puts unwanted pressure on particular sections of the pipe.
- Discolored water. If you notice your water is running yellow, brown, or tinted red this is an apparent sign that there is rust or sediment buildup and your plumbing is deteriorating. This is unsanitary and needs to be fixed immediately.
- Bad tasting or smelly water. If your local water is safe to drink but you still notice a bad taste or awful smell it is most likely due to your pipe’s condition. As with discolored water, this is a problem that needs to be fixed immediately.
The cost of slab leaks is usually 25-50% the cost of a repipe, but they are usually a temporary fix at best. Plus, you have to tear up the floors in your home.
What Happens During a Re-pipe?
When you—with the help from the experts at Integrity Home Solutions—decide it is time to do a whole home re-piping what should you expect?
Typically the process of re-piping involves installing the new pipes first, then transferring the water supply to the new piping system, and then disabling the old system. Seems easy enough?
Other things to consider are how much time it will take and how much it will cost. These both depend on a couple of different factors as well as some of the same. Things to consider are:
- The size of your home
- How many stories there are to your home
- What type of pipes are being installed
- Ease of access to fixtures (bathtub, shower, toilet, etc.)
Depending on these factors, a whole home re-piping can take on average from one day to several days. A homeowner or family can stay in the home if they choose, just knowing that during the day when the plumbers are working the water will be turned off, but can be turned back on at night.
How much does this cost?
At Integrity Home Solutions we are able to work with all types of budgets. Re-piping your home is a chance to improve your home safety and function and we can make it affordable for anyone. Our expert plumbers can help you decide which piping makes the most sense for you home and your wallet. Some piping options include:
- Galvanized steel
- PVC or CPV
It is hard to give a clear price average for re-piping but one can generally expect from $4,000 to $10,000+ when considering the type of materials used as well as your home size and other factors mentioned above. We are more than happy to come to your home to give you an estimate so you can plan accordingly.
Your Re-Piping Experts
Re-piping your entire home is a worry-free and peace of mind investment. Generally speaking, a home only needs to be re-piped every 50 years or so, so it is not something you need to do often and it can add value to your home. While it may seem expensive upfront, you could be saving money in the long run by limiting patchwork repairs and fixing the issues for good.
At Integrity Home Solutions, we will work with you side by side throughout the process. From receiving an estimate to picking the right piping material to working with the home inspector to making sure your home has been well cared for during the process.
If you are ready to start looking into a whole home re-piping contact us today online or at 813-328-1988 for an estimate. Our skilled plumbers will gladly help you through this daunting process.Toilet Gurgling: What It Means (And How to Fix It) » « How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?