There’s a bit of confusion when it comes to the subject of whole house re-pipe jobs in the plumbing industry. By virtue of its name, most people assume that a whole house re-pipe replaces every pipe in your “whole house.” In the real world, a “whole house re-pipe” only refers to the water supply lines in your home that run from the house side of your water meter, into your home, and out to all your plumbing appliances.
Having a whole house re-pipe service performed does NOT include replacement of your drain or sewer lines. Whole house re-pipe also does not refer to faucets, toilets, or any other water spigots installed in your home.
KNOW ABOUT YOUR PIPES
It’s critical for the homeowner to know what type of plumbing they have in their home. All plumbing, regardless of the material it is made of, will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. There is a myriad of reasons why a pipe or an entire plumbing system may fail, from damage caused by hard water and age.
Most homes built before 1970 still have galvanized steel pipes for supply lines. While galvanized pipes are extremely sturdy and have a long lifespan, eventually, the protective coating inside the pipe wears away. Once that protection wears away, the steel becomes susceptible to corroding from the inside the pipe. By the time a leak is discovered in a galvanized pipe, that section of the pipe cannot be repaired; it must be replaced.
Homes built after the 1970s most likely have copper or PEX for water supply lines and either galvanized or PVC pipe for the drain and sewer line. Old copper pipes will develop pinhole leaks as they near the end of their useful life, caused by mineral deposits that wear away the metal and cause corrosion.
PVC pipe is very susceptible to breaking in freezing temperatures and quite often broken PVC sewer line leaks go undetected for months. Long term sewer line leaks create shifting soil problems for your landscaping and cause cracks in your foundation, not to mention the health hazards posed by exposure to raw sewage.
SIGNS THAT YOU MAY NEED A WHOLE HOUSE RE-PIPE
Water that appears cloudy or has a strange odor can be a sign of corrosion in your water supply pipes. As corrosion breaks away from inside the pipe, it flows into your faucets as small flakes of rust. Over time, rusty water can clog up faucet aerators and cause damage to all plumbing appliances.
Low Water Pressure:
Decreased water pressure in one area of the home is usually a sign of a water supply line leak somewhere in that area of the house. Decreased water pressure throughout the entire home could signal a leak between the city supply and your home. Supply line leaks are pressurized and will allow thousands of gallons of water to escape in a short amount of time. Minimize the damage to your home and yard, call a licensed and experienced plumbing company when you discover low water pressure.
Repeated Leak Repairs:
While a leak in your water supply line can be an isolated event, chances are it isn’t. Regardless of the material that makes up your plumbing system, time takes the same toll on all of them. At Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services, we usually employ the “One Leak Rule,” meaning that making a single pipe repair for a leak is a great idea, especially if your plumbing is newer. Beyond that first leak, if we return to fix another leak in the same system, we will usually recommend re-piping service.
WHOLE HOUSE RE-PIPE OPTIONS
Despite the many advances in plumbing technology, the basis of your home’s plumbing system has remained mostly unchanged in the last few decades. When it comes to whole house re-pipes, your choices are PEX or copper pipe.
is used as a water supply pipe that is durable, flexible under high heat, and resistant to corrosion. Copper has been the standard for water delivery for centuries and is installed in about 85% of American homes.
Copper supply lines have a lifespan of fifty to seventy-five years and are naturally anti-microbial, with the ability to kill a wide range of bacteria, yeasts, and viruses. While copper may be the best choice for longevity and health concerns, the price of copper can place it somewhat out of reach for the homeowner looking to renovate on a budget.
is a polyethylene plastic pipe that is flexible and extremely easy to install in existing homes. PEX pipe has a high resistance to heat and has a lifespan of about twenty-five to forty years. PEX pipe does not corrode, unlike galvanized steel and even copper, and is less prone to lose heat during transfer than metal pipes.
PEX pipe is used not only for water supply but is also used in floors with radiant heating as well as in many residential and commercial sprinkler systems. PEX pipe is much cheaper to install than either copper, galvanized or PVC.
REASONS TO TRUST NICK’S PLUMBING WITH YOUR WHOLE HOUSE RE-PIPE
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services has been in business in the Houston Heights since 1979.
• Nick’s Plumbing oversees all aspects of your whole house re-pipe, from the first leak until the last wall is patched.
• Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services only employs licensed and experienced plumbing technicians to ensure your satisfaction.
• All of Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services technicians are background checked for your safety and security.
Whole house re-pipe can be a messy and inconvenient task, to say the least, but the added value to your home and personal peace of mind can help take away the sting the job may cause.
When it’s time to consider a whole house re-pipe, call Nick’s Plumbing and Sewer Services today for a free estimate or a free second opinion.