Having strong pipes, clean water, no leaks, and strong, high-pressure water—even while someone is showering—is something we all take for granted. That is, until a problem arises.
If you are experiencing rust or dirt in your water, watermarks on your walls or ceiling, or very low water pressure—especially while someone in the house is showering—then you should consider re-piping your house.
Here are a few common questions you will likely have if you have faulty pipes in your home.
What are the Benefits of Re-Piping?
Replacing an old, faulty pipe system offers many benefits such as stronger water pressure throughout your house, allowing multiple people to use water at the same time. There is also the added benefit of having clean, clear drinking water and no more leaks (saving hundreds on your water bill)!
The biggest benefit of all might be the peace of mind obtained by not having to worry about a major pipe malfunction. Especially if it’s happened to a few other houses in your neighborhood.
Why not just fix the leak; why re-pipe the whole house? While patching a leaky pipe can be a quick fix and a short-term solution for your problems, it’s likely that your whole piping system is starting to fail. Especially if your pipes are old or if you live in an older home.
While the pipes in your home will last a long time (decades, even), they do corrode and need regular replacement. Re-piping your whole home all at once offers peace of mind from what could be an upcoming bigger problem. Saving you from the potential cost of tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
How Much Work Is Re-Piping?
Re-piping a whole house takes a lot of work, but it’s not overly complicated work. A re-pipe will generally start at your water meter and end at your faucets, such as your sinks and toilets.
Some walls in your house will have to be cut in the process, but don’t worry, those will be easily repaired.
How Long Does Re-Piping Take?
Re-piping an entire house usually takes 3–5 days, depending on the size of the home. Water can be restored to at least one bathroom within eight hours. You can absolutely remain in your home during a re-piping.
If you prefer not to have technicians in your home while you’re there, then they can come while you’re at work. There is no need for you to relocate during the process unless you wish to.
How Much Damage to My Home Will There Be?
When re-piping your home, contractors will dig a small trench in your yard to replace the pipe running from the water meter to your house. While inside of your house, they will likely have to cut holes in walls leading to your faucets. However, they will avoid cutting walls whenever possible.
Total damage done to your house is kept to a minimum. Grass and dirt in your yard will be replaced and almost unnoticeable when finished. Any holes in your walls will be filled, and the texture will be retouched so the cuts are no longer visible.
A properly performed re-piping will restore strong water pressure throughout your house. It will also make your water clean and clear. As well as cut out any water loss due to leaking pipes. Saving you money one your water bill and reduce potential for water damage to your home.