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When Is It Time to Repipe My Home?

plumber-hand-with-wrench-on-pipeThere are times when you can address water leaks with repairs, and other times you need to repipe. While repiping your entire home may seem like a big job, sometimes it is necessary. As plumbing issues add up over time, so do their costs. Repiping is a great way to have peace of mind that your pipes are secure for a long time to come. The question is, how do you know it’s time for a complete repiping of your home? While it takes an expert inspection to know for sure, there are issues you can watch for with your plumbing in Staten Island, NY.

Read more to identify signs that it’s time to repipe your home. 

Increasing Water Bills

You can have a high water bill for a number of reasons. Your local water provider may have increased prices or you used more water than usual. However, a high water bill can also be a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing. 

Leaks in your home are easy to identify, but you also have pipes that stay hidden out of sight. A pipe under your home that drips all day long can lead to a significant increase in your monthly water bill. Don’t ignore an unusually high water bill if you can’t identify a reason for the increase. Instead, have your plumbing in Staten Island, NY inspected by professionals. 

Recurring Leaks 

If you notice a leak here and there, it’s not something to worry about. Pipe repairs are common as time passes since the materials can deteriorate, especially around joints. However, if you begin to notice multiple leaks in a short period of time, that’s a red flag. The pipes around your home are degrading at the same time and recurring leaks indicate that it’s time for repiping.

You may be tempted to fix leaks as they occur, but pipe repair costs can add up quickly. Plus, you can easily miss hidden leaks that lead to even more damage. Repiping means that you can knock out the issue all at once and breathe easy knowing that your home’s plumbing is secure. 

Decreasing Water Pressure

This can happen so slowly that you don’t notice it at first. But one day you wake up and realize that your water pressure isn’t what it used to be. Water pressure can grow weak over time in older pipes because of corrosion. There are many reasons for corrosion in your plumbing. 

Mineral Buildup

Hard water has higher mineral content. Over time, hard water leaves mineral deposits on your pipes that block water flow and cause corrosion. You can install a water softener to prevent buildup, but repiping is often still necessary. A water softener cannot undue existing damage. It only prevents additional damage. 

Metal-on-Metal Corrosion

Some different metals corrode over time when they are connected together. The greatest example of this is copper being connected to galvanized steel. A professional inspector can identify these types of issues and address them during a repiping to prevent future issues. 

High Water Temps

If you frequently use hot water, this can increase the chances of corrosion. Our inspectors often see more corrosion in pipes where hot water is more prevalent. Hot water can lead to faster corrosion when mixed with some of the other plumbing issues listed above. 

Is it time for your home to be repiped? Contact Scaran today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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