April 29, 2014
By Mark Paup

What Does Whole House Repiping Entail?

Updated January 18, 2024

When you have plumbing problems with leaking or broken pipes, the usual solution is to have the faulty pipes replaced. However, there are some cases where you will need to have all the pipes replaced: whole house re-piping. This is an option to consider if you live in an older home (built pre-1970) or any home with galvanized steel plumbing. Steel was the most popular choice for home plumbing for many decades, but steel eventually suffers from corrosion and lacks the durability of today’s copper, PEX, and CPVC piping.

Even for a non-steel plumbing system, age will eventually take its toll. If you notice that your plumbing suffers from numerous blockages, leaks, and water pressure fluctuation that no number of repairs seems to stem, you should consult a reliable plumber about whole-house re-piping as a solution.

If you live in Ames, IA, plumbing installation from Golden Rule can take care of a full re-piping quickly and effectively.

How whole‑house re-piping (usually) goes…

With whole house re-piping, you receive an entirely new plumbing system. This is a large job, but one that should last you a lifetime once it is completed. Considering the permanency of the results, the work itself will seem minor.

Re-piping installers first decide on the materials to use for the job. Most of the time, copper pipes replace the main water and waste lines, and different types of plastic pipes will branch off from the copper lines to the fixtures and fit into smaller spaces.

The actual installation usually takes between 3 to 5 days, depending on home size, and water service interruption will only occur for a few hours each day. The plumbers will cover the areas where they work in plastic sheets to prevent damage to the furnishings, and then begin to make surgical cuts into drywall and ceiling material to access the older pipes. They will take extra care to patch, paint, and smooth over the areas after the new pipes are installed.

Some pipes need more extensive excavation to access them, and this may involve moving major fixtures. However, the installers will make every effort to restore your house to its previous condition after they are done—except for the new pipes, of course!

You should notice the difference in your home’s plumbing right away. The flow of water will come easier from faucets and water pressure will improve. Monthly water bills will improve as well, and you can expect to need few to no repairs for leaks and clogs during the next few years. With proper maintenance, your re-piping will last for many generations.

Call Golden Rule and speak to our plumbing installers in Des Moines, IA to set up an appointment to see if whole house re-piping is the best solution for your home’s plumbing issues.

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