As a homeowner, you’re always going to have to deal with the occasional plumbing issue. It comes with the responsibility of owning a home. It may be a simple repair, but there will be points where a significant replacement or investment of money is required. Repiping your home is an example of this type of financial commitment. A complete home repipe sounds like a massive undertaking because it is. This is not something for the “do-it-yourselfer.” That’s why you must understand when it is essential to be done and the importance of having a licensed plumber such as Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning on hand to get the job done right the first time!
How Do I Know If I Need To Repipe My House?
A complete repipe of your house is a daunting endeavor and certainly not something you want to take on unless you absolutely have to do so. It is a tremendous investment in both time and money. That’s why before you begin, you want to make sure it’s something you absolutely need to do. Here are some reasons you might need to repipe your house:
1. You’re Always Paying For Plumbing Repairs.
Yes, a new pipe network can eliminate the need to see your plumber regularly. Installing a brand-new system will mean your pipes will be up to all current building and environmental codes as well.
2. Your Home Has Lead Pipes.
Lead pipes are most commonly found in homes built in the 1920s or earlier. But they are still out there, particularly in older neighborhoods within the walls of historical homes. Lead presents some serious potential health risks, so it’s imperative to repipe the home.
3. You Have Galvanized Steel Pipes.
Though galvanized steel pipes were very common in U.S. homes before World War II, what we’ve learned is that these pipes corrode after a certain number of years. When corrosion begins, the amount of water that flows through your pipes becomes restricted. You can end up with particles of sediment in your drinking water.
What Does Repiping A House Involve?
It’s one thing to say repiping a house is a big job. But if, as a homeowner, you don’t know the steps involved in the process, there’s no point in moving forward with the process until you do.
At Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we inspect and estimate any repiping of a home. We recommend all of our clients to shop around, to consult with other licensed plumbers during this stage, and compare prices. Reputable plumbing companies should offer a free estimate for a total repipe.
If and when you decide to go with a complete house repipe, your licensed plumber will apply for your municipality’s work permit. The next step will involve your plumbers in choosing the best range of materials to install. This will most likely be a consultation process between you, the client, and your plumber.
The Work Begins
During the repiping process, your home’s water service will need to be shut off. At Nick’s, we aim to do most of this work when the customer is out of the house during the day, so your evening schedules aren’t affected.
Licensed plumbers have the tools which allow them to pinpoint the exact locations of pipes behind your walls. Precise holes are cut into your drywall to enable access to your home’s pipes. This isn’t a case where workers come in and cut arbitrary holes throughout your home. These openings allow access to your home’s pipes. After the installation process has been completed, the installers will carefully patch up the drywall and repaint. The idea is to make your home look as if the plumbers were never there.
How Long Will The Entire Repiping Process Take?
A couple of days to a full week is usually the approximate timeline we at Nick’s Plumbing and Air Conditioning provide our customers. Of course, factors like the home’s size, the extent of the piping, and how many bathrooms you have in your home can affect that timeline.
It’s important to remember that you, as the homeowner, won’t necessarily have access to your plumbing. Repiping a home usually involves building the new piping alongside the existing or aging pipes. Usually, the only time you will be without water is when you begin the process of switching from the old pipes to the new.
How Much Will It Cost To Repipe My Home?
Of course, the cost to repipe an entire home depends on various factors. Certain elements that mayaffect the length of time required to repipe a home can also affect the work price. Repiping a home can range in price from $1,500-$15,000 — all depending on the home’s size, the number of bathrooms, and the extent of the piping.
Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning – Your Home Repiping Expert
If you’re at a point where you’re considering repiping your home, contact a reputable licensed plumber before making any purchases. They will be able to inspect and provide you with an accurate evaluation of what work needs to be done and what it will cost. If you live in the Houston area, Nick’s Plumbing & AC is among the city’s most trustworthy plumbing companies. For the past 40 years, we’ve built a solid reputation as a business that provides reliable customer service and a top-quality product.
We look forward to hearing from you.