Signs You Need to Repipe Your Home

If your home was built before the Safe Water Act of 1986, which banned lead pipes, and it hasn't been rebuilt, lead particles may be present in your drinking water. Lead in drinking water can cause serious health problems. Houses built between the 1940s and 1970s usually have galvanized steel pipes, which are prone to corrosion. Corrosion weakens pipes and creates pressure, leading to leaks and burst pipes.

Replacing old galvanized steel pipes before major problems occur can prevent damage and costly emergency repairs. Frequent blockages can be a sign that your plumbing system is deteriorating to the point where relaying pipes is the best solution. If your home's plumbing is more than 50 years old, you'll likely have to deal with frequent blockages. Even if you're careful about what goes down the drains, old pipes are more likely to become clogged from normal use. Old pipes are often so weak that they have trouble handling thicker two-layer toilet paper.

If you have frequent blockages despite being careful about what goes down the pipes, it's time to consider re-gluing them. If brown, red, or yellow water comes out of kitchen or bathroom faucets, this is a sign that rust or sediment has accumulated in the pipes and may need to be glued back together. Don't assume that discolored water is normal or harmless. Have a qualified plumber find and repair the source of water discoloration. Low water pressure can be caused by a number of things, but the most common reasons are sediment accumulation and corrosion. Sediment and corrosion prevent water from passing through, is released through pipes and exert pressure on pipes.

In extreme cases, this can lead to leaks and even pipe breakage. Low pressure can be the result of a faulty connection that can be easily repaired, but it's often an indication of a major plumbing problem. It's important to find out what's causing the low water pressure and to solve the problem, rather than just living with it and waiting for it to get worse. In general, plumbing should not be noisy. The only sound you should hear is water flowing smoothly through the pipes.

If you hear knocks, rattles, gurgling, or other unusual noises coming from pipes, it's time to call a plumber. An experienced plumber should be able to identify the cause of pipe noise and resolve the problem before major problems arise. Leaky pipes can leak for a number of reasons. If the problem is localized in one area, it may be just that segment of pipe or joint. However, if leaky pipes are a problem everywhere and there are issues related to corrosion, bad taste of the water, or discoloration, now is the time to replace the pipes. If your home was built before the 1970s or hasn't been remodeled, it most likely has old plumbing that needs to be replaced.

Take a look below at some tips and questions you can ask yourself that will help you determine if your home needs to be renovated. If you have an older home that was built in or around the early 1920s, the pipes are most likely made of lead and polybutylene. These pipes are dangerous and should be replaced immediately. Lead seeps into drinking water and can cause dangerous health problems. Polybutylene pipes are also more likely to break and leak. The age of your home is a fundamental component in understanding if you should recondition your home or not.

This is not only because pipes have aged over time but also because houses that were built before a certain period of time are more likely to contain galvanized steel which is out of date in the plumbing world due to its sensitivity to rust. If your home was built before the 1970s we highly recommend that you hire a plumbing professional to inspect your home's pipes and check for areas that need plumbing. If your house was built decades before that you'll likely need a large amount of plumbing so that your home's plumbing can work at an optimal rate. If your home was built before the 1970s you have even more reason to consider repositioning your home in order to have updated technology that ensures optimal operation and prevents a future domestic disaster. The cost of refinishing depends on what exactly is being replaced and in what quantity as well as why you are replacing it. Costs may vary between plumbing service providers. At Do It Right Plumbers we offer our customers affordable plumbing solutions and flexible interest-free financing options. We are proud to offer full transparency and would be happy to discuss fees before starting any work. Repairing a pipe for the whole house is often cheaper than treating leaks slowly and repairing pipes that have been corroded and deteriorated over time. Repairing an entire home is often a major project and costs can vary widely depending on several factors.

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.