Many homeowners think that their pipes will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, this is not always true. Pipes wear down like any other material and can require replacement. Sometimes you can get away with replacing a single section of pipes in your home while other times your entire home needs to be repiped.
Whole home repiping is a very extensive project, so you probably only want to do it if it’s absolutely necessary. The question is, how do you know when to invest in drain repair versus water repiping? If you think that you need water repiping in Staten Island, NY, our team can help. In the meantime, you can read about different types of plumbing problems and solutions for each one.
As a homeowner, you can deal with a variety of plumbing problems. Any of these can be a reason to either repair or replace your pipes. It really just depends on how extensive the damage is in each case. Common plumbing problems include:
- Losing water pressure
- Having water bills that are increasing without explanation
- Noticing water stains on your ceilings, walls, or floors
- Having pipes that are older than 50 years
- Having frequent leaks
- Seeing physical damage or corrosion on your pipes
- Noticing that your water is rust-colored
No matter what plumbing problems you have, you want to have an expert plumber take a look. We can determine the root cause of your issues and offer you a variety of solutions.
If you lose water pressure in your home, it could be a sign that you have a leaky pipe. This is a reason to call us for drain repair vs. complete pipe replacement. Losing water pressure in a single area can mean there is a pipe in your home that has a leak, but losing water pressure all over your home means that the leak is in a main water line.
You should also give us a call if your water bill begins to increase without explanation. Turn off your faucets and water appliances and read your water meter. Then wait an hour without using any water and check the meter again. If your meter reading went up, you definitely have a leak somewhere. There may even be damage inside your walls or under your floors that you can’t see yet.
The number one reason to invest in water repiping is if your home was built before 1970. Prior to 1970, there were outdated materials used in piping homes, such as iron and galvanized steel. The older your home is, the more outdated your plumbing systems are. You may have pipes that are too small or made of materials that corrode easily. Even if you’re not having plumbing problems, you need to invest in repiping sooner rather than later for your older home. It is better to stay ahead of plumbing problems than to wait and address them once you have a leak.