Home Repiping: Here’s What’s Involved

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Your plumbing system is responsible for keeping the water flowing in the right direction throughout your home. When issues start to affect your plumbing, you will notice them. After all, plumbing-related problems tend to be quite disruptive.

Repiping is a potential solution to the problems caused by faulty plumbing. Replacing your existing pipes may become necessary if they are too old or damaged. It may take a while to reach the point where repiping becomes a must for your household, but it will happen eventually. Continue below to learn more about what the process of home repiping entails.

Inspect Your Home’s Plumbing System First

Before you proceed with any repiping tasks, you should first confirm that your plumbing system needs new pipes. To do that, you need to look for a plumber who can conduct an inspection. According to IBISWorld, there are 565,295 plumbing industry professionals working in the U.S. as of 2022. You should have no trouble finding qualified professionals who can conduct that inspection.

You can even get a good deal on the inspection by interviewing multiple plumbers. Solicit offers from plumbers who want to conduct the inspection and see which one presents the best value proposition. Select the candidate you prefer and have them take a closer look at your plumbing.

Decide on the Type of Repiping to Be Done

After hiring a plumbing company to work on your home, they will likely send over a project manager to oversee the repiping. According to Forbes, the project manager oversees all five phases of a construction project. However, you are still the one who has to decide the kind of project they will take on.

If the inspection reveals that your home has damaged pipes, you may address the problem through single-section repiping or complete repiping. Single-section repiping may work if the damage is localized to a small segment of your plumbing. In cases where the damage has spread throughout the plumbing system, complete repiping is highly recommended.

Complete repiping will turn out to be cheaper than paying for single-section repiping multiple times over a few years. It’s also arguably more convenient to get all the work done in one go. Still, you can go with single-section repiping if the plumber says that will suffice.

Secure the Appropriate Permits

Now that you’ve confirmed that your plumbing needs to be replaced, you must secure a permit so you can move forward with the project. Odds are you will require a permit even if you are only planning to conduct single-section repiping. You can work on securing the permit yourself or ask your plumber to get involved. They’ll probably be able to obtain the permits faster because they understand how that process goes already.

Select the Materials You Want to Use

Next, you must select the material composition for the pipes that will be set in place. Numerous materials including cast iron, copper, and galvanized steel can be used to create pipes. However, your plumber may suggest using PEX pipes instead.

PEX pipes are suitable replacements because they are easy to work with, flexible, and highly resistant to corrosion. It doesn’t hurt that they are also among the most affordable options available. You can’t go wrong if you decide to install PEX pipes in your plumbing.

Work Gets Underway on Your Plumbing System

With all the preparations completed, the plumbers can finally start repiping your home. They will start by moving some items out of your home. If some items cannot be moved, they will be covered instead.

The plumbers will then cut out portions of your drywall. They may also have to drill for a bit to access your plumbing. Plumbers have relied on directional drilling techniques for more than 100 years at this point. Those techniques have been refined further as modern technology has allowed plumbers to perform angle drilling and they can even cover more ground and complicated turns now.

Expect the repiping to take around three to five days. You will have to endure water interruptions during that time. Going through all of that will be a challenge, but it will be worth it.

Contact us today if you are looking for home repiping experts. Allow us to inspect your home’s plumbing so we can determine the solution your household needs. Once the problem is confirmed, we will administer the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

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