For many homeowners, the thought of repiping their entire house — or even just one room — is stressful enough to keep them up at night. The thought of ripping away walls and shutting off the water for a period of time to add new pipes, or upgrade the existing ones, sounds like a lot of work. And in most people's minds, a "lot of work" translates to "expensive."
But that was in the past. These days, repiping your home is one of the more basic plumbing services that are offered, and can be done with minimal headache and inconvenience. Even something like repiping your home can produce benefits that far outweigh the cost of the install itself, such as lower frequency of repairs and increased energy efficiency.
If you're on the fence about repiping your home, consider these factors when making your decision.
How Old Are Your Pipes?
One of the main reasons people do a full plumbing replacement is because their pipes are antiquated and possibly on the verge of failing. Homes before 1980 generally used either copper or galvanized steel plumbing — both highly durable but inflexible and costly materials to run through your home. The advantage of something like PEX pipe, on the other hand, are numerous, allowing the homeowner to install a central shut-off valve and even perform DIY maintenance if they would like.
Are You Adding Fixtures?
Bathroom remodels are an exciting time. The thought of having a larger shower or an extra sink in your bathroom is fun, giving you an extra boost in efficiency, while also possibly improving the resale value on your home. It's not a simple addition, though; most new installations will require you to add extra plumbing or replace the existing plumbing in order to take advantage of these new fixtures. Most plumbing services will build this into the cost of installing the fixtures for you, so you won't have to worry about hiring two separate contractors.
Is Your Piping About to Fail?
Even though most pipes last for decades, there is always the possibility that you'll need to do a plumbing replacement at some point down the road. This usually happens when plumbing repairs become more frequent and also more isolated to the same issue. Constant water leaks and inconsistent water pressure are two signs that your plumbing is failing, which means a plumbing replacement isn't too far in your future.
Contact a local plumbing service to learn more.