When should Homeowners Repipe Their Homes

Plumbing Tips Longview Tx

Dealing with your home’s plumbing can be a pricey and complicated task. That is why it is important that homeowners understand what actually needs fixing, and what can wait. At Bird Dog Plumbing, we always want our customers to understand this distinction.

When it comes to plumbing repairs, the one that every homeowner dreads even thinking about is pipe replacement. Re-piping a house can be expensive, so know when it is actually needed is important. Especially when it involves replacing more than one or two leaky pipes. There are a couple of different aspects to consider when it comes to major plumbing repairs: 

 

Age of the House: 

The general rule of thumb when it comes to pipes is that they need to be replaced if your home was built before 1970. If the home still has original pipes, they are probably made out of out-dated metals. Many of these metals corrode quicker, so replacing saves money, and also helps make sure your water is clean. Having this done also adds value to the house. 

 

The Telltale Signs:

When taking a look at your home’s plumbing, there are a few tell-tale signs that signal it being time to get your home repiped.

  • Noisy Pipes: If your pipes are making banging or squeaking noises, that is a pretty good sign that they need to be replaced. This is typically a sign that the pipes have warped or are corroding.
  • Corrosion or Rust on Pipes: Checking your pipes for corrosion can be difficult, especially if they are difficult to access, but this is one of the easiest ways to see if your pipes need to be replaced.
  • Leaky Pipes: The most clear-cut sign of pipes needing replacement is a leak. If your pipes are leaking, especially if it is in more than one area, it is time to replace them. Leaking pipes not only mean you are wasting water, but leaks can also cause water damage to the areas surrounding the pipe over time. 
  • Water Discoloration: If the color of your water has a reddish or brown tint, that is a sign that your pipes are rusty. 
  • Off-Smelling/tasting Water: Similar to discoloration, bad-smelling/tasting water is another sign that the pipes are rusting and need to be replaced.
  • Water Pressure Problems: If you notice a significant decrease in water pressure, or if you have an older home and it was never that good, to begin with, that could be a sign that your pipes need replacing. Rusting or corrosion could have caused a small leak to start in the pipes. 

 

We Are Here to Help!

If you are experiencing any of these problems, or have an aging house in the Longview, TX area, it is time for the plumbing experts at Bird Dog to come take a look. Re-piping a house is a difficult process that requires professionals. Luckily for you, we have been doing it for more than 13 years. For more information on the services we offer for both residential and commercial properties, please contact us right away!