Plumbers call a full house replumbing a pipe refitting, which simply means that all your current pipes need to be replaced with new ones.
A house replumbing or pipe refitting project is a huge job and a big investment, so you may be surprised (or maybe even a little suspicious) if your plumber recommends it for the leak you called them out to fix.
Truth is, pipe refitting is often the most economical and headache-free solution to leaky pipes. Here’s why.
Old Pipes Eventually Need To Go
Once your aging galvanized pipes spring a leak, it’s only a matter of time before more and more leaks occur. That’s because the zinc that lines galvanized steel pipes, to keep them from rusting, eventually wears off. Once it does, the steel in your pipes begins to rust. Once rust has set in, it’s only a matter of time before it’s a system-wide problem.
Rust can clog pipes and get into your drinking water. And once the rust has started to form, there’s no practical, economical way to stop its formation or recoat your pipes.
Your plumber may be able to repair leaks one at a time but, ultimately, that will be a much more expensive and disruptive process than having them done all at once.
How Do I Know If I Need A Pipe Refitting?
If your pipes are frequently clogged, you’re experiencing ongoing problems with water pressure, or your pipes are leaking, you may need a pipe refitting.
You may also have a problem if your water supply seems corrupted. If your water is brownish or bluish-green or if the water tastes or smells metallic, this could also mean your piping needs to be replaced. Sweet-tasting water can indicate lead pipes, which can cause health problems and need to be replaced right away.
How Long Will New Plumbing Last?
The good news is that once a professional plumber has replaced your piping, the new system will likely last for 50 years or longer. Copper piping can last as long as 70-80 years. PEX (pronounced “pecks”) piping will last about 50 years. That’s a good investment and one you’ll likely need to spring for just once in your life.
What’s Involved In The Pipe Refitting Process?
We’re not going to lie: a pipe refitting is disruptive and can between one and five days, depending on the size of your home.
It can also involve cutting into walls, flooring, and ceilings, which will leave you with work to do, once the pipes are replaced, to restore your home to normal. Many of our clients have combined a pipe refitting process with renovations.
You should be able to stay in your home while a pipe refitting is going on; your plumbing team will turn the water back on at the end of the day or only turn the water off in the portions of the house where they’re working.
How Can I Have My House Assessed For Replumbing?
Call or text us at (360) 491-7450 to schedule an appointment with a plumbing expert.