When Is Repiping Necessary?
Chicago homeowners might be on alert watching for signs that they need to replace their water heater, sump pump, or other plumbing appliances. But they might not be aware of the symptoms indicating they need their home repiped. Plumbers recommend that homeowners watch for signs that their pipes are deteriorating and need repiping, including frequent leaks, poor water pressure, or an odd tint to their water.
If a homeowner experiences frequent leaks in their pipes and needs to schedule professional repairs often, it can signal that they need home repiping services.
Leaking pipes may need to be replaced if:
- There are leaks coming from multiple sections in the plumbing system. This can signal the pipes are deteriorating.
- There have been numerous issues with the pipes that have required repairs. If a homeowner is calling for professional services often, it can be more cost-effective to replace the pipes rather than keep paying for repairs.
- There are visible signs of pipe damage or corrosion, including stains, discoloration, flaking, dimpling, or other structural problems.
Water Pressure Issues
If a household notices low water pressure, it can indicate a problem with the pipes. Repiping a house may be necessary to restore water pressure depending on the cause of the water pressure issues and the condition of the piping. Some causes of low water pressure can include:
- Corroding pipes: If pipes start to deteriorate, it can result in restricted water flow and reduced water pressure. If corrosion is the cause of leaks, clogs, and water pressure issues, repiping will be needed.
- Leaking pipes: Leaks can reduce water pressure. Repiping may be necessary if there are multiple leaks in the piping system.
- Clogged pipes: Blockages in the lines can cause poor water pressure. If pipes start to clog often, or the blockages cannot be removed, replacing the pipes may be necessary.
- Wrong-sized pipes: If the diameter of the pipes in a home is too small and cannot meet the demands of the household’s water usage, it can result in low water pressure. Property owners may want to replace the existing pipes with larger ones to restore correct water flow.
A Strange Color or Smell to the Water
If a homeowner notices their water has discoloration or smells bad, it can also signal a problem that may require repiping. Water that appears brown, yellow, or rusty can suggest pipe corrosion or rust. This can happen more often in homes with galvanized iron or steel pipes. The rust particles can mix with the water, causing discoloration and a strange smell. Property owners will likely need to replace their pipes when this is the case.
Foul odors from the water can also be a sign of bacteria in the water, organic matter, or contaminated pipes. Whole-house repiping services may be needed to ensure the water is safe and eliminate the odor. Plumbers can inspect the plumbing to determine the best solution for the cause of the problem.
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