Most common plumbing leaks or clogs require nothing more than a quick fix from a plumber. However over time, your pipes go through a lot of wear and tear, and your plumbing system will age to the point that replacing your pipes is going to make a lot more sense than fixing leaks as they pop up. Of course, maintaining your pipes as necessary will reduce the chance of a premature plumbing system replacement, but nevertheless, small problems can add up to larger ones: leaving you with water damage and a hefty plumbing bill. But how do you know if you need whole-house repiping?
Your Pipes Are Made From Galvanized Steel
Older pipes, such as those in homes built during the 70s or prior, are typically made of galvanized steel. Today, pipes are made from either copper or plastic, which is much more durable than this older piping method. Galvanized steel develops rust over time, which breaks down the integrity of your pipes, causing corrosion and even picking up contaminants that can be distributed through your water, like lead.
Let’s say you experience a leak, have it repaired or have that section of pipe replaced, and they don’t have any other leaks for years. You likely don’t have a problem. However, if you’ve had to repair many leaks in different sections of your home over the years, it could very well mean that your plumbing system is failing. Replacing corroded pipes piece by piece can be time-consuming, inconvenient, and costly for you and your family. A better option is whole-house repiping.
If you have hard water in your home, then minerals such as calcium and magnesium will build up over time. This is not usually enough to warrant whole-house repiping, however, if that build up begins to restrict water flow and reduce your water pressure, then you may want to look into installing new pipes throughout your home.