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Whole-House Repiping: A Luxury or a Necessity?

various plumbing components sitting on top of a home blueprintThere may come a time during your homeownership that you have a minor or even major plumbing problem that requires at least partial pipe replacement from a professional plumber in Clearfield, UT. You might even wonder if it’s necessary to consider whole-house repiping, particularly if the reason for your plumbing mishap was due to aging pipes.

For many plumbing leaks—or clogs—all you may need is a simple, quick repair that doesn’t require repiping at all. However, at some point, your plumbing system will age to the extent that replacing your home’s pipes becomes less of a luxury and more of a necessity to protect your home from future leaks and significant water damage.

Fending Off Plumbing Problems

By investing in plumbing maintenance and ensuring that you call in a plumber at the first sign of trouble, you can likely rest assured that you have decades of reliable plumbing and that whole-house repiping will be a last resort. But, if you are wondering if it is time for this pipe replacement service, here are some signs to watch out for.

Old Age

We mentioned this briefly, above. But if you have aging pipes that are made of galvanized steel, then whole house repiping is the best way to protect your potable and drinking water supply, and to keep leaks and clogs from leading to major repair needs.

Today’s modern pipes are made from copper or plastic. However, some older homes still have galvanized steel—namely a home that was built before 1960. If your home is this age or older, and you’ve never had repiping done, then your plumbing could certainly be at risk of rusting and corrosion, as well as picking up contaminants like lead.

Frequent and Persistent Leaks

A leak here or there isn’t always something to be concerned about; you may simply need repairs or perhaps you need to replace a small section of piping versus tackling the whole house. However, if you’ve found yourself needing to repair many leaks throughout the years, then it could likely mean that your plumbing system is beginning to fail.

In the long run, repiping is a better option—financially and time-wise—than replacing corroded pipes piece by piece. Not to mention, overall this is going to be more convenient for you to set up: one and done versus multiple appointments throughout the year as your pipes fail.

Mineral Deposits

Minerals can build up in your pipes over time—namely, calcium and magnesium—if you have hard water. Hard water can cause a number of problems for the appliances in your home, such as a white or yellow-green buildup around fixtures such as faucets and showerheads. This isn’t just unsightly—it’s a sign that this same buildup is occurring within your plumbing and is slowly corroding and/or clogging up your pipes.

Unfortunately, if this isn’t treated with a water softener, then the problem may become so advanced that you’ll need whole-house repiping. Consider asking about the professional installation of a water softener to prevent this issue in the future.

Contact your HVAC and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today!

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