If your home was built before the 1970s and has never been remodeled, or if you’re constantly having plumbing issues, it’s highly likely the pipes need replacing. But the cost of replacing a home’s plumbing can be quite high, so it’s important to recognize when the time has come. Here are five signs that your home needs re-piping:
1. Probably the first factor to consider is the age of your home.
Older homes are more likely to have pipes made of galvanized steel, a metal that is sensitive to rust and corrosion. If your home was built before 1970, it probably contains at least some galvanized steel piping. Your local plumbing professional can inspect and determine this for you. Extensive re-piping in very old homes is necessary to help plumbing function well.
2. Does your home contain hazardous plumbing materials?
Many homes built in the early 1920s have pipes made from lead and polybutylene. These pipes are especially unsafe because of they prone to breaking and leaking. If the lead from the pipes seeps into drinking water, it can cause dangerous health issues.
3. Many of the warning signs are visible to even the unpracticed eye. You can inspect your home and make note of the following:
• Exposed pipes in the basement or crawlspace
• Signs of rust and corrosion
• Continuous leaks that return after repair
• Noisy plumbing
• Discolored water
• Unpleasant smells
4. How often do you have plumbing issues?
If you are making constant repairs, you could be headed toward larger-scale problems, with larger-scale costs.
5. Is your water pressure what it used to be? Failing pipes often cannot maintain consistent water pressure.
Plumbing that doesn’t work properly can be costly, cause stress, create health problems and more. If your home is sending you signals that it needs new pipes, it’s time to call a reputable, licensed local plumber for help.
Howell Services, a family-owned company, provides quality trusted plumbing services to the Fort Bend area. We are pleased to use Uponor AquaPEX® plumbing products, which employ cross-linked polyethylene (PEX), a material that provides superior flexibility, durability and stable cost characteristics, for re-piping and repair projects. So, whether you need a major home re-piping or a minor plumbing repair, we have the best materials and qualified professionals to do the job right.
Call us today to schedule a repair or a comprehensive plumbing inspection of your home.