Ideally, if you have a plumbing leak or a clog, all you’ll need is a quick repair from a professional plumber to get your system back in shape. However, as your home ages—and subsequently as your plumbing ages—there may come a time that repairs simply aren’t going to cut it anymore. You may need to replace your entire plumbing system, or at least a portion of it. Unsure if repiping is what you need? Keep reading to assess your risks.
How old are your pipes? If your home is more than a few decades old, there’s a very good chance that the piping within is made of galvanized steel. This was the most popular type of piping used in home construction, and for a good reason. However, over time this kind of piping breaks down. Plumbers today are instead using copper or plastic piping. To reduce the risk of your plumbing system developing rust, corrosion, and contamination, it’s a good idea to upgrade your pipes.
If you have a leak here or there, then you may just need a repair or you might need to replace a small section of your plumbing system. However, if you’ve had to repair many leaks throughout the years, then this is probably a good sign that your plumbing system is failing you. Ultimately, the more cost-effective—and convenient—option is going to be to invest in whole-house repiping, rather than replacing parts of your plumbing piece by piece.
Over the years, minerals—calcium and magnesium, mainly—can build up in your pipes, particularly if you suffer from hard water. This is a condition in which your water supply has a large concentration of these minerals. While not necessarily unhealthy for you and your family, it can and will slowly break down your pipes. If you’ve never treated the hard water problem, then you should have your pipes inspected to see if whole-house repiping might be necessary.
When it comes time to schedule repiping for your Ogden, UT home, contact your plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service.