Repiping requires replacing or bypassing pipes throughout your home’s plumbing. However, it is much better than the alternative: letting your system suffer complete failure. Watch for these common signs that your home needs a repiping.
Leaking is the most obvious sign that your home needs repiping. However, we’re not talking run of the mill leaking: repiping leaks are consistent, persistent, and larger than normal. A repiping leak can cause floods in your home. These leaks will start slow, but you should notice wet marks on your walls, random mildew, mold, strange smells, and random pooling if you need repiping.
Air in the lines is another common symptom that indicates the need for repiping. This symptom makes itself known when you turn on a faucet: your water will sputter and spit when it first starts to run. Air in the lines is often just a natural side effect of running water, but persistent water sputtering can often indicate serious piping problems. This is especially true if the sputtering happens every time you turn on a faucet, or lasts longer than a few seconds.
Decreased water pressure is another sign your home needs repiping. It is often linked with air in the lines, and is caused by the same problems: serious piping damage causing uncontrollable leaks. If there is no water in your pipes, your water pressure will grind to a halt.
Rusty tasting, reddish brown water is the most serious sign your home needs repiping. This water is infested with rust, dirt, and sediment. This occurs when the metal in your pipe corrodes. It is especially common in copper pipes. Don’t drink or use this type of water! Immediately call a plumber to fix the problem.
You can also check your home pipe installation records, to find out if your home has Polybutylene, Kitec, or Pex piping. These types of pipes were installed in the 60’s and 70’s, as cheaper alternatives to metal pipes. They have become well known for breaking down. If you spot any of these symptoms, call a plumber immediately.
Does your Anaheim home need to be repiped? Call us at (714) 630-8766 and get started today!