A Step-by-Step Guide to House Repiping

If you're looking to replace your home's old plumbing system with a newer, updated one, then you'll need to go through the process of house repiping. This is usually done in older homes with degraded plumbing or problems, or during a major remodel of the house. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you understand the process.

Step 1: Shut off the water supply

Before you start, you must shut off the water supply. This is an important safety measure that will prevent any water from flowing through the pipes while you're working on them.

Step 2: Gather materials and bring them to the site

Once you've shut off the water supply, it's time to gather all the materials you'll need for the job.

This includes pipes, fittings, and other supplies. Make sure to bring them all to the site.

Step 3: Take a walk around the house and get an idea of the design

The next step is to take a walk around the house and get an idea of the design. This will help you understand all the necessary material and determine where incisions are needed. It's also a good idea to place plastic wrap on furniture and floors to help prevent damage.

Step 4: Cut through drywall and other areas

Repairing a pipe for the whole house requires more extensive work than unclogging a toilet or replacing a single pipe.

To properly access water pipes, it is necessary to cut through drywall and sometimes other areas. Our team recommends covering furniture with plastic wrap during this process.

Step 5: Replace old plumbing system with new one

The refinishing process involves replacing your home's entire water supply system with a new one. Many homeowners choose to repair their old or faulty plumbing, but some can only replace sections (partial refinishing) or simply address repairs as they arise.

Step 6: Repaint drywall

The plumber might also ask if you have any paint left over from the last time you painted the walls or a record of the specific colors you used. During the refinishing process, plumbers will need to cut some of the drywall in various places in the house.

They'll need to replace the drywall and repaint it, but they'll need to know the specific color of the paint. If you're spending a lot on repairs, living in an old house, or remodeling, you should consider reconditioning your home by going through this process of house repiping.

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.