When Is a Total Home Re-Pipe Necessary?
If Your Metro Atlanta Home Needs a Total Re-Pipe, You Need a Plumber You Can Trust
Here at Morningside Plumbing we have been servicing our neighbors in Midtown Atlanta for decades. So, we know that there are a lot of older homes in this area. If you happen to live in one of those older homes, you know that they have a lot of character. Unfortunately, they can also have a lot of plumbing problems. If your home seems to be plagued by such problems, it might be time to consider a total home re-pipe.
What Is a Total Home Re-Pipe?
A total home re-pipe is exactly what it sounds like. It involves the total removal of all pipes in your home. Once those pipes are removed, they are replaced with a brand new pipe system. It might seem like a drastic procedure, especially since it involves getting into your floors and walls, but there are situations where it doesn’t just make sense, but actually might be vital for the benefit of your home and family.
How Do I Know if I Need One?
One of the key ways to know if you need a total home re-pipe is to ask yourself how often you have had to deal with plumbing problems in your home lately. Also, have you been experiencing the same types of plumbing issues over and over again, or do you have widespread plumbing issues all over your home? If any of those things are true, you might need an entirely new pipe system to be installed in your home.
Other Possible Reasons to Get a Total Home Re-Pipe
There are also other ways to determine whether or not you need to have your pipes completely replaced. For example, you can look for corrosion on any of your exposed pipes. If the exposed pipes are old and corroded, chances are good that the pipes inside your floors and walls look even worse.
Lower water pressure is another telltale sign of trouble. When your water pressure drops, it means that your pipes could be blocked or leaking in places that you can’t see. That’s a common problem in older Atlanta area houses. The worst part about problems like that is that they can go unnoticed for a little while. Even if you do notice lower water pressure, you might not think to have it fixed at first. At Morningside Plumbing we have seen this problem many times. Hidden piping issues go unchecked until they lead to bigger plumbing problems. Eventually, that leads to the necessity for a complete re-piping of the home.
Another issue to consider is that some pipe systems are simply not safe. For example, lead pipes can cause lead poisoning. So, homes with lead pipes should be completely re-piped.
Also, many homes built in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s had polybutylene pipes installed. Those pipes can break easily. Therefore, if you know that your pipes are made from polybutylene, it’s best to have them replaced completely now. If you wait too long, you could find yourself with a plumbing emergency on your hands.
How Often Are Total Home Re-Pipes Necessary?
It’s difficult to say how often total home re-pipes need to be done. A lot depends on the specific home and the type of piping that is installed. However, one good rule to live by is to always have your plumbing system routinely maintained. Our team here at Morningside would be happy to perform routine maintenance on them for you, which can prolong the life of your plumbing system and keep you from having to completely re-pipe your home as frequently as you otherwise would.
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