repiping a house

09 Jul. 19

How Do You Know If Your House Needs a Repiping?

The pride and joy that comes with owning a home is incredible. Every project you do for your house is one that you’re proud of and always willing to show off. However, owning a home can also be stressful. There are many things that can go wrong with the house if not properly maintained. So how can you determine what needs to be maintained? Well, for starters, your pipes are the most important parts of your home to be maintained. If your pipes aren’t in good condition, your entire house can flood from just one leaky sink. Let’s take a look at the warning signs that your house may need a repiping. 


Your house was built more than 50 years ago

The first thing to note here is that it is important to know how old your house is. If your house is more than 50 years old, your house will most likely have very old pipes that need to be replaced. Homes that are as old as 50 years have pipes made out of galvanized steel or cast iron. Over time, those materials start to decay, causing irreparable damage to the pipes. Replacing those outdated materials with copper or plastics like PEX and CPVC will give your plumbing system a whole new life.


Water pressure is dropping

Another key warning sign is your home’s water pressure. If you notice that the water pressure is lower than it was when you moved in, that’s because there’s a buildup of rust or mineral blocking the pipes. A substantial buildup of rust and mineral takes time, meaning that your pipes may be older than you thought they were. If your water pressure has significantly lowered, call a plumbing professional for a whole house repiping. 


Pipe leaks

Pipe leaks are the most obvious sign that the pipes are rusting and decaying, and you’ll need a whole house repiping. You should arrange to have leak detection conducted by a plumbing professional every few years to find any hidden water leaks in pipes. If you experience frequent plumbing problems, it is time to get your whole house repiped.


Rust colored water or dirty water

If you notice rust colored water or dirty water coming out of your water appliances, your pipes are probably rusted and decayed and require a replacement. To determine whether the rust is coming from inside of your house or your municipal water system, have your pipes inspected by a professional.


Polybutylene pipes

Polybutylene piping is a cheap, flexible material that was originally used for residential piping from 1978 to 1995. However, due to its ability to break easily, it is no longer accepted for residential piping by U.S building codes. To check if your pipes are polybutylene pipes, check your pipes to see if they have white plastic and the letters “PB.” If they do, you need to replace them with new piping as soon as possible.

 If you determined that you need a whole house repiping and are looking for a professional and reliable plumbing service, contact Genesis Plumbing for a free estimate. We offer high quality, honest plumbing services to customers in Port St. Lucie, Jensen Beach, Fort Pierce, Palm City, Stuart and Hobe Sound, Florida.