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. By learning how to tell when you need new pipes and investing in the best materials on the market, you can keep your plumbing system healthy, safe, and effective for the long haul.
Signs Your Home Needs New Pipes
The key to effective repiping is to identify compromised pipes early and replace them as soon as possible. To do this, watch out for:
- Discolored Water- If your water becomes brown, red, or otherwise discolored, it’s a sign that the pipes have gotten rusty or moldy. When you notice this, stop drinking or bathing in the water immediately, as it is likely contaminated. You will need to replace all of the pipes that have been compromised in this way.
- Low or Inconsistent Pressure- Mineral buildups, broken or misshapen pipes, and other problems can lead to wild swings in water pressure or to a gradual reduction in that pressure. Not only is this inconvenient in the short term, but it means that there is water building up in many of your pipes, increasing the risk of rust or mold.
- Strange Tastes- Rust and mold change the taste of your water, as do minerals that get into it. Any sudden change in taste is a sign that you should stop drinking your water until you have the pipes inspected.
- Frequent Leaks & Clogs- The occasional leak or clog is normal, but if your pipes are frequently springing leaks or getting backed up, it’s a sign that they are obsolete or badly damaged. Repiping is the only way to reliably put a stop to persistent clogging and leaking.
- Mold Growth- Even if you have not noticed any water quality or pressure problems, keep an eye out for mold that forms near pipes. Small leaks can cause mold growth by spreading moisture in otherwise dry areas of your home without having a noticeable impact on water pressure. While such leaks can usually be fixed with minor plumbing repairs, if they happen in multiple parts of your home, you may need new pipes.
These and other problems aren’t just inconvenient; they’re a threat to your health and safety! It is thus critical to respond quickly when you notice them. Get an inspection as soon as possible, and if your pipes are severely damaged, don’t hesitate to replace them.
What to Look for When Repiping
Repiping has the potential to improve the health and safety of your plumbing system dramatically, but only if it’s done right. For this reason, look for a plumber that:
- Carries a variety of pipes. Many of the new piping materials available have longer warranties. CPVC is the most common piping used in the Jacksonville area. PEX is another new type of piping commonly installed today. Uponor and Viega are two manufacturers of PEX that Bill Fenwick Plumbing uses. They both warranty their product for 25 years, but also warranty any damage a leak may cause for the first 10 years. These factors help plumbers choose what materials to use for your particular home.
- Has extensive experience with repiping in your area. Only experienced local plumbers can anticipate mineral content, water sources, and other factors that affect the type of pipes they should choose.
- Offers comprehensive inspections to determine exactly what is wrong with your pipes and how to prevent such issues from arising again in the future.
Bill Fenwick Plumbing offers all these benefits and more to clients who need repiping. For more information on detecting severe plumbing issues and responding to them effectively, visit our website today!