No plumbing device is invincible, and even the safest, most durable pipe systems will eventually break down. While it is often possible to shore up broken plumbing with minor repairs, the longer you have had your pipes, the greater the chance that they are too severely damaged for repairs to work. When this occurs, you need to invest in repiping, or comprehensively replacing large portions of your plumbing system with new pipes.
When it comes to home maintenance, being proactive always pays, and this is especially true with plumbing. The better you are at inspecting your pipes and identifying damage early on, the easier it is to prevent that damage from growing out of control. The following factors can impact whether you need to repipe; by keeping an eye on them, you can keep plumbing problems and repair costs to a minimum: