Pipe Repair & Replacement
Home plumbing is designed to last for decade after decade of repeated use. But even the most durable materials are susceptible to corrosion over time. Take galvanized steel plumbing for example, it has an expected lifetime of 80 years but depending on the quality of water and what kind of cleaners you use to clean your fixtures the material can break down much sooner than expected.
What is Pipe Repair?
Pipe repair describes a process in which your plumber identifies the source of a leak or clog within the plumbing system and replaces a specific piece of plumbing. These repairs are typically quick jobs that involve a few hours of work and solve a specific issue. Another term for this type of repair is called point repair because it involves a localized area within your home. Depending on the health of your plumbing system, these small repairs could go on for years without the need for any more extensive work.
What is Pipe Replacement?
Pipe replacement is the process of completely stripping and upgrading your home’s plumbing system. This is obviously the most extreme and invasive plumbing repair that can be made, so be sure to discuss with your plumber to ensure there are no other options available. When a complete pipe replacement is recommended, it is because the leaks and corrosion issues within the system are so numerous that they are affecting the purity of the water and the quality of life for the homeowner. A word of advice would be to conduct a pipe replacement during a renovation when your home is already an active construction zone. If your system was created in the '80's or '90's your home could have had Polybutylene pipes installed. These pipes were a way to replace copper piping but were later discovered to be ineffective. Read more about that here.
Warning Signs for Pipe Replacement
Plumbing issues can range anywhere from small leaks and a gradual loss of water pressure, to more dramatic issues such as bursting pipes and flooding. To ensure you are always aware of what’s happening with your home’s plumbing system and when it may be time for a replacement, let’s take a look at some of the warning signs below.
There Is Discolored Brown or Yellow Water Coming Out Of The Faucets
When you see these colors in your water, especially on a daily basis it can be a sign that there is rust in the pipes. While some rust is to be expected over time, it’s usually a sign of wider issues and should be inspected by a plumber.
You Find Yourself Calling for Plumbing Repairs On A Monthly Or Weekly Basis
While having a good relationship with your plumber is important if you are seeing them for point repairs more than a few times a year it may be time to think about a complete pipe replacement. A pipe replacement may be expensive at the front end, but it will likely save you money over time on plumbing repairs.