Plumbing materials used decades ago were made to different standards than those used today. Contractors building homes before the 1950s typically used galvanized pipe systems, which was the best for the time, but now we know different.
Steel pipes installed years ago are now causing problems for homeowners — problems like leaks, clogs, and corrosion.
Chemical drain cleaners can cause severe damage to your plumbing. Call Quahog Plumbing for safe, effective drain cleaning.
How To Know You Need A Whole House Repipe
If your home was built before 1950 and still has the original plumbing system, the pipes could be corroding and in danger of leaking.
A few common signs come from aging pipes, and here’s what to look for.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure throughout the house is usually a sign of corroded pipes. When corrosion builds up around the walls of the pipe, it chokes off water flow.
Scalding Hot Water
Hot water lines typically deteriorate more quickly than cold. And when these pipes fall apart, debris becomes lodged in the anti-scalding devices installed in sinks and showers, stopping them from doing their job.
If the water coming out of the faucet is red or brown, it usually means that metal flakes from rusting pipes break off and get into the water.
As pipes age and fail, they leak. And many homeowners mistake leaking pipes as part and parcel of owning a home. However, while leaking pipes are common, if leaks persist even after repairs, it could mean your plumbing system is old and compromised and needs replacing.
If you’ve experienced any of these problems, call Quahog Plumbing and let our experienced technicians inspect your plumbing system to determine whether or not you need to repipe your house.
How Long Does It Take To Repipe A House?
When homeowners hear they need to replace their plumbing system, they’re naturally apprehensive because of the cost and inconvenience involved.
However, standard repiping projects aren’t as expensive or inconvenient as you might think.
While every situation is different based on the size of the house and the amount of plumbing that needs replacing, most repiping projects can be completed in as little as three days. Also, you don’t have to worry about being without water during the process because, in most cases, the new pipes are installed alongside the old ones.
Since most repiping jobs are done in phases, most homeowners don’t experience house-wide water outages.
Unseen water leaks waste money and can cause significant property damage the longer they go unnoticed. If you suspect you have a water leak, call Quahog Plumbing for fast, effective water leak detection.
Finding The Right Repipe Contractor
Repiping your home is essential to restoring water flow and increasing the value of your home. To ensure your repiping job goes off without a hitch, you must hire the right repipe contractor.
Here are a few tips to consider.
- Look for a specialist with experience in repiping homes because a knowledgeable and experienced contractor will do the job quicker and ensure quality. Not all plumbers are repiping specialists, and the last thing you need is to hire a company that doesn’t know what they’re doing or has little experience.
- Hire a contractor that’s licensed and that the license is current.
- Also, make sure the contractor has liability and worker’s comp insurance to protect you.
- Because repiping can be expensive, find a contractor that will give you a ballpark price you both can agree on upfront before work begins.