Have you received emails from plumbing contractors who furnish repiping services? Today, in many locales repiping has generated considerable interest. It involves removing all (or a portion) of the plumbing pipes in a home or business and replacing them with brand new materials. A plumber will frequently install strong, flexible plastic PEX pipe or durable copper pipe during repiping projects. Consider three popular reasons for requesting this service:
1. Improving The Taste of Tap Water
Sometimes homeowners request repiping in order to enhance the taste of tap water. In the past, developers in some locations used iron or galvanized steel pipes extensively in residential plumbing systems. After many years, this infrastructure may begin suffering the impacts of corrosion.
As the metal in the pipe ages, residents often notice a change in the taste of drinking water. A comprehensive repiping replaces old deteriorating pipe with brand new materials. Afterwards water quality should improve.(1)
2. Replacing Defective Pipe
In the recent past, many developers relied on cheap polybutylene pipes. Unfortunately, these plastic pipes breaks down readily. Experts also recommend replacing lead pipes (due to lead toxicity). Repiping to remove polybutylene or lead pipes occurs with some frequency today.(2)
3. Modernizing Aging Infrastructure For Marketing Purposes
Another common reason for requesting repiping services relates to real estate marketability. Prospective homebuyers sometimes shy away from houses or apartments with exceedingly aged plumbing systems. Sometimes a property owner will simply ask a plumber to undertake comprehensive repiping in order to remove this concern. While fairly expensive, repiping simply to increase marketability may make sound financial sense in some cases.
4. Reducing Future Plumbing Bills
Finally, perhaps the most pervasive rationale for seeking repiping relates to problems associated with recurring plumbing leaks. As pipes age, they becomes subject to corrosion and disintegration. Very old water and sewer pipes develop leaks more frequently than brand new PEX and copper pipes. Burst pipes prove quite costly sometimes. Leaks damage furnishings and carpeting. Additionally, undetected leaks pose a significant threat to certain building materials (including wood and concrete).
If leaks occur several times throughout the year, homeowners may decide to simply replace their home’s aging plumbing infrastructure with more reliable pipes. Taking this step should presumably help reduce the need for plumbing services (at least in the near future).
Repiping often entails costs and temporary inconvenience for homeowners. Yet it may help improve the taste of tap water, enhance safety, reduce realty marketing times, and relieve problems caused by recurring leaks. A growing number of Canadians in communities with aging infrastructure have discovered benefits in requesting residential repiping services from qualified plumbing contractors.