Whole House Repipe
The state of Georgia is the 4th of the original 13 states, ratified in 1788. What does this have to do with a whole house repipe article? It is a confirmation of how old many of the homes in the Marietta, Georgia area are. And with old houses, whole house repiping is a common call for plumbers. If you need your home repiped, make sure to look to the experts at BDS Plumbing Solutions Inc. Call us today at (770) 672-0095 and we’ll evaluate your situation.
Why is whole house repipe necessary?
Over time, plumbing pipes can corrode and rust, leading to leaks, low water pressure, and other issues. Corroded, rusted pipes create discolored water, too, which can be unsightly and unhealthy. By having a whole house repipe job done, you’re eliminating any of these problems and preventing future problems.
Can you repipe a house without removing drywall?
The plumber you choose for your whole house repipe job will inspect your entire home and the plumbing situation. They will advise you at that point if they are able to complete the job without having to remove any drywall. However, if they don’t remove it, they will need to drill holes or cut parts out to access the plumbing.
How do I prepare my house for repiping?
During a whole house repipe job, it is going to be a messy, and sometimes noisy process. For your peace of mind, take all valuables off the walls, including televisions, so they aren’t in the way of the plumbers or get knocked off during the process. It is recommended to pull your furniture out from the walls as well.
During the process, the plumbers will have to shut the water off, so you’ll need to be prepared. You can draw water into containers or purchase bottled water. A plumber that has experience in whole house repipe jobs will have a routine of how to do this as quickly as possible so as not to cause too much interruption.
How many days does it take to repipe a house?
A whole house repipe job for a one-story home can take between 2 to 3 days on average. If the plumber has any issues or some plumbing pipes aren’t easily accessible, it could take a full week. How many water access points in your home will also affect the time this job takes, meaning the number of bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen, etc.
How much does a whole house repipe job cost?
Like anything else in your home, repiping costs can vary based on the size of your home, the number of water access points, and how difficult access to the existing pipes is for the plumber.
How long does repiping last?
Today, when a whole house repipe job is done, it is either done with PEX, PVC, or copper pipelines with PEX and PVC being the most commonly used. Copper piping is naturally anti-bacterial and has a longer lifespan. This makes your water healthier, but it is the more expensive choice.
The lifespan of PEX plumbing is approximately 50 years, and PVC can have a lifespan of up to 100 years if the plumbing is cared for. Copper plumbing for a whole house repipe job is between 50 years and 80 years conservatively.
Is a whole house repipe job worthwhile?
A whole house repipe job will be a significant investment upfront. But if you’re in an older home (over 50 years old), or you’ve been experiencing frequent repairs, it can be healthier and over time, cheaper. If you’re planning on selling your home, a whole house repipe job makes an attractive bonus for potential buyers.
Does repiping a house include drains?
No, new drains or fixtures will not be included in a whole house repipe job. The job will only replace what is affecting the cold and hot water in your home. If you want to change or upgrade the drains, fixtures, or waste system, you’ll need to get this quoted separately, even if the plumber will be doing it all at the same time.
Watering It Down: Is there an alternative?
Maybe you’re not 100% happy with your home’s plumbing, so a whole house repipe job is something your considering, but it isn’t something you can afford right now. What is your alternative? Patch the pipes that are leaking with an epoxy liner. The plumber can complete this with minimal invasiveness and you’ll still get long-lasting results with healthier water.
This process is done with the plumber finding the outlet to your plumbing and inserting a tube into the pipe. They then shoot epoxy into the tube and as it flows into the pipe, it forms the pipe interior and cures, essentially giving you new piping!
By going this route, the plumber will only treat the pipes that are causing you problems currently. If you start having problems with other pipes, they can come back and do the same thing. This job will last you up to 75 years! Find out if a whole house repipe in Marietta, GA is right for you by calling (770) 672-0095.