Whole Home Repiping for the Greater Indianapolis Area
When you have plumbing problems with leaking or broken pipes, the usual solution is to have just the faulty pipes replaced. However, there are some cases where you will need to have all of the pipes in your home replaced, which is where whole-house repiping comes in. This is an option to consider if you live in an older home – such as one built pre-1970 – or any home with galvanized steel plumbing. Steel was the most popular choice for home plumbing for many decades, but steel eventually suffers from corrosion and lacks the durability of today’s copper, PEX, and CPVC piping.
How Do You Know if Whole Home Repiping is Right for Your Home?
There are three factors to consider before choosing to repipe your home:
- Is your home more than 50 years old? Throughout the mid-twentieth century, galvanized steel was the primary material used in plumbing. While galvanized steel is strong, it will eventually succumb to corrosion after about 50 years and need replacing. Even more modern copper, PEX, and CPVC piping won’t last forever, so keep an eye on plumbing systems that could be reaching the end of their lifespan.
- Do you have rust or mineral buildup in your water? Two telltale signs of rust and mineral buildup in your pipes are low water pressure and discolored reddish-brown water coming from your faucets. As rust or minerals accumulate over time, they slowly begin to constrict the flow of water, resulting in low water pressure. It takes a long time for this much buildup to occur, so by the time you notice it, it may be time to repipe. Red or brown water results when bits of rust break off from the corroded pipes into your water supply, affecting your water quality.
- Are you experiencing frequent plumbing problems or multiple pipe leaks? Occasional, isolated pipe leaks are to be expected from time to time, but frequent or recurring leaks may be a sign that the entire system is ready to be replaced.
If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, we recommend having a plumber come out and check the situation. Experienced plumbers are able to diagnose your whole house and determine the best options available to you, whether it’s a simple repair or if something more is needed.
The Process of Whole Home Repiping Vaires for Each Home
Repiping may take anywhere from a couple of days to a week, depending on the size of your home. Typically, it is possible to do the bulk of the work that requires complete water shut off while you are out and about during the day, so you experience minimal disruption to your daily routine.
If you’re afraid that a repiping job means that plumbers will tear out your drywall and floorboards, turning your home into a demolition zone, you don’t need to worry. Repiping is a large job, but Mr. Plumber can handle it in a way that reduce the intrusive work done on the building material of your home.
How Repiping Is Handled
A professional plumber will start by covering floors and furniture to protect them from water damage and dust during the work. They then locate the pipes in your walls with small cuts into the drywall of the walls and ceilings. They will only remove as much building material as necessary to reach, detach, and remove the old pipe and replace it with new copper, PEX, or CPVC piping. To access pipes in the floor, plumbers will, whenever possible, go in through the ceiling below it. If you wish, you can arrange to have additional pipes put in at this time if you need to expand your water service for a remodel.
Once the pipes have been replaced, the plumbers will restore the surgical cuts into the walls and ceiling and patch and re-texture them to leave no sign behind they were there.
If further renovations are desired, such as installing a tankless water heater or expanding the water system to accommodate a remodel, this is when those additional alterations will be made. Finally, the drywall and other materials will be repaired, patched, and retextured so that it looks like nothing ever happened.
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