Some kinds of pipes can rust with age, causing them to leak and eventually burst. If your home was built with galvanized steel pipes, they might be in danger of breaking today. At AM PM Plumbing, we’ll examine your pipes and let you know if you can benefit from a whole house repipe. Schedule your appointment in Murrieta today.
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When Is It Necessary to Repipe a House?
Most times, a leak in one section of pipe is a simple fix; however, more severe problems or multiple leaks indicate that all of the pipes in the house need replacing. Here are some of the most common reasons why you should consider repiping your home.
- Age: If your home is over 50 years old and the pipes have never been replaced, those pipes are on borrowed time. Many contractors used galvanized steel pipes back then, and those pipes are known to corrode and break when they age.
- Low Water Pressure: If the water doesn’t come out as forcefully from the faucets as it used to, it could be that your pipes are closing up because of mineral buildup.
- Discolored Water: If your water is brown or red, it indicates that the pipes have rusted and that the rust is now in your water. In this case, repiping is necessary because the pipes are corroding and because it affects your drinking water.
- Multiple Leaks: Isolated leaks are expected, but if pipe leaks become a common occurrence in your home, your pipes likely need replacing.
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Is Repiping a Home Inconvenient?
Depending on the size of the house and the plumbing situation, the plumber needs to remove sections of drywall to get at the pipes to replace them. This can be a minor inconvenience, but our technicians ensure your home’s safety by covering furniture and flooring so as not to make a mess. While a whole-house repiping job is a significant repair, we go out of our way to work around your schedule and to finish the job quickly to get your home back to normal.
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How to Know if You Need Repiping
It’s essential to look for signs of trouble in your home’s plumbing to prevent small problems from escalating into large ones. Here’s what to look for when determining if your home needs repiping. First, check out the exposed pipes in the basement and look for leaks or other issues. Also, check the crawl space and the pipes connected to your water heater. Look for signs of corrosion on any exposed pipes such as flaking, dimpling, and discoloration. Also, watch out for water leaks and listen for noise coming from your home’s plumbing. If you’re still not sure, call us and let us inspect your pipes to assess their health.