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Top 4 Signs Your Home Needs Repiping

Is your plumbing not performing the way you would like? Have an old home and worried about the piping? If repiping has been at the back of your mind of a possible solution to your plumbing problems, it’s better to have your pipes checked by a professional plumber sooner rather than later to prevent complications. Rusty, decaying old pipes, pipes made of dangerous materials, or pipes that are leaking can truly cost you thousands if you don’t address the problem early. The trick is knowing when your home needs repiping and when you should call your plumber. Here we look at 4 signs that your home needs repiping, and how to get the right solution for your budget and needs.

1.       You Have Brown, Yellow Or Sediment Filled Water

Brown or yellow water, or water with particles of sediment in it is a sign that your pipes may be rusting and corroded, and should be replaced as soon as possible. Of course rust not only makes the water in your home unpalatable and unattractive, it also wears away at the integrity of the pipes over time, leaving them weak and susceptible to collapse or leaks.

If it’s only your hot water that’s discolored, this could represent a problem that’s confined to your hot water system. But if it’s your entire water supply that’s coming up rusty, repiping may be one of the best ways to deal with the issue.

2.       Your Pipes Are Leaking

If you have just a few small leaks in your pipes, it can be tempting to dismiss the problem and chalk it up to a ‘one-off’ issue. While some leaks can be mended with welding, if you have multiple leaks, the problem keeps recurring, or you know your pipes are past their prime, a leaky pipe should not be ignored.

It doesn’t take much for a leaky pipe to turn into a major flooding problem, and no home owner wants to deal with the cost of cleaning up a flood of water or sewage. Leaking pipes can be the result of flaws, excess pressure, or old pipes, so getting your pipes replaced by a professional plumber should fix the problem and provide a better plumbing system for your needs.

3.       You Have Lead or Polybutylene Pipes

While lead piping may have been common in the homes of the past, we now know that lead pipes leech lead into the water supply, contaminating the water with a very toxic and detrimental heavy metal. Lead has been found to cause a range of health problems including impairment in physical and mental development for children under 6. No matter the age of your pipes, lead pipes should always be replaced as soon as possible.

Polybutylene pipes were popular between the 1970s and 1990s as a cheap material, but they have subsequently been shown to be very poor in quality and prone to breakages. If you know you have polybutylene piping, it’s a good idea to contact your plumber to inspect your pipes and see if repiping is required to minimize risk.

4.       Your Plumbing’s Performing Poorly

In some cases, low water pressure, water temperature fluctuations and noisy plumbing can all indicate pipes that need replacing. As pipes rust and corrode, sediment can build up within the pipe causing a restriction of water flow and reduce water pressure. Sediment can also get stuck in anti-scalding devices designed to regulate the temperature of hot water, so your previously functional system now produces scalding hot water or wild fluctuations in water temperature. Noisy plumbing can also be a sign that something is not quite right with your pipes, as corrosion and pressure changes can produce a range of creaks, thumps and bumps when your system is used.

If you notice any of these signs of failing pipes, or you are performing a remodel and want to update your system, it’s well worth giving your local Pleasanton plumber a call to inspect your plumbing, and perform efficient and modern repiping where necessary.