Repiping

Do you have low water pressure, brown or rusty water or even odd-tasting water or leaking/corroding pipes in your home? If so, any plumbing expert will tell you this may go beyond a traditional pipe repair. These are all signs associated with degenerating pipes and may require a full pipe replacement. Not to mention, if you live in an area with hard water, lime and other mineral deposits may contribute to plumbing flow problems such as inconsistent water temperatures or difficulty in getting warm water to hot. This too may be an indication of the need for pipe repair or even repiping.

Repiping is a large and complex project. However, unfortunately depending on the materials used in your original plumbing, repiping is often unavoidable. For example, according to plumbing experts rust and corrosion can build up on the inside of the galvanized pipe over time and constrict water flow. As less water is able to flow through your pipes, the ability to run more than one plumbing fixture at a time such as a faucet or dishwasher becomes not only difficult, but eventually impossible. As a result, because your water flow is decreased and more water is sitting within those pipes, rust begins to build-up. Besides the low pressure being an annoyance and causing your water to taste bad, drinking from these rust-filled pipes is also a health risk. Additionally, older homes may have lead pipes installed, which don’t corrode as easily but do present a serious health hazard to children.

Although the thought of repiping may be initially overwhelming, if you ignore your plumbing issues including low water pressure, rust will eventually eat through your galvanized pipes and you will be facing total water pressure failure and massive water damage and mold from leaking pipes. However, the good news is there is a solution – repiping.

The plumbing experts at Bill Fenwick Plumbing have years of experience in helping homeowners just like you address their repiping needs. Because there are a lot of issues that go into repiping your home, you’ll want to get advice from someone who understands the process as well as the options available to you. For example, you have a variety of materials to choose from for your repiping job such as plastic including PVC as well as copper. However, factors such as climate and whether or not you have hard water will dictate which material is best suited for your home. A true plumbing expert can guide you through your options and determine which is right for you.

We highly recommend that you do not wait until you start noticing leaks to consider repiping. Be proactive and watch for signs associated with degenerating pipes, such as flakes of dark material in your water, odd-tasting tap water, or decreasing water pressure. It never hurts to call in a professional to inspect your plumbing and the experts at Bill Fenwick Plumbing stand ready to help you determine whether or not you can get by with a less intensive pipe repair or if a full-scale repipe is necessary.

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