A “whole house” repipe sounds like a big deal, but it’s not exactly as it seems. Despite what its name suggests, whole-house repiping doesn’t involve replacing every pipe in your home.
The name refers to replacing the water supply lines, which run from the water meter, through the house and to your plumbing appliances. A whole-house repipe doesn’t include sewer lines, toilets, faucets or other water spigots.
Get to Know Your Piping
Plumbing doesn’t last forever, no matter what material was used. Age and wear and tear play a big role in the deterioration of pipes, so it’s important for homeowners to know what type of pipes they have and how it will affect their plumbing.
If your home was built before 1970, it’s likely that the supply lines used galvanized steel pipes. These sturdy pipes are durable and long-lasting due to their protective coating, but that coating wears away with time and use. This leaves the piping vulnerable to corrosion, and the resulting leaks are often not detected until they’re serious enough to require replacement rather than repair.
Copper or PEX pipes are used in most homes built after 1970, lasting 20-50 years and 50 years respectively. Mineral deposits that cause corrosion will lead to the development of pinhole leaks in old copper pipes. These are hard to detect and difficult to keep up with once pipes have reached the end of their useful life.
Do I Need a Whole House Repipe?
To figure out if you need a whole house repipe, look for these signs that your pipes have deteriorated.
- Frequent Leak Repairs: A leak repair may be a one-time event, but more than one repair to the same pipes is a sign that it’s time to repipe.
- Cloudy or Odorous Water: If your water looks discolored or has an odor, it could indicate corrosion in your supply pipes, which can cause damage to your plumbing appliances.
- Lower Water Pressure: Low water pressure, especially in one area of your home, indicates a leak in your supply lines.
If you notice any of these signs, contact Mission AC and Plumbing immediately to avoid expensive damage to your home and yard.
Repipe Specialists You Can Trust
Mission Air Conditioning and Plumbing’s expert technicians provide plumbing repair Houston can count on. If you’re in need of whole-house repiping, you can depend on our team to do it right the first time. Contact us today to begin a service request.