What You Need to Know Before Replacing Your Home's Pipes

Replacing the pipes in your home can be a daunting task, but it's important to make sure that you're doing it right. PVC piping is a popular choice for home repiping, but there are some special considerations to keep in mind. First, it's important to note that studies have shown that after one month of use, the concentration of chemicals leaked from PEX pipes decreases to significantly safer levels. Therefore, it's recommended to avoid drinking tap water for 30 days after installing the PEX pipe.

If you live in an area with cold winters, it's best to replace the house's pipes during spring or summer, if possible. Freezing temperatures can interfere with the process and cause it to take longer than it would otherwise. When selecting a plumber to do the job, you should get advice on whether it's better to do a complete home repair or if it's better to opt for a smaller repair or to reconnect a single section. Since repairing a home often costs thousands of dollars, and since, if done wrong, homeowners and their families can be at risk, it's vitally important to choose wisely.

Finally, you should be aware that insurance companies will continue to renew insurance annually for homes with PB pipes without changing coverage. However, when the house is sold, the new owner can't take out insurance. Replacing the pipes in your home is an important task that requires careful consideration. Make sure you understand all of the special considerations when using PVC piping for your house repipe so that you can make an informed decision.

Ted Bell
Ted Bell

Ted is a nationally recognized home repiping expert. He's been repiping homes in San Diego since 1993 and has been a frequent Angi's Super Service Award winner.