What Is Home Repiping?
The water pipes in your home are made from a material that eventually begins to break down, causing them to leak, tear, and possibly burst. Before the pipes burst, you need to have them replaced. Repiping your home means that a plumber comes to your home, pulls out all the pipes, and replaces them. Many of the pipes are behind the walls and require an expert to replace, so it isn’t a DIY project.
What Material Are Used for Water Pipes?
How long your water pipes last before they need to be replaced is directly tied to the type of material. There are a variety of materials used for water pipes in your home, and you’ll need to choose before repiping your home. Here are the most common:
What Is the Process for Replacing Your Home’s Pipes?
Replacing all the pipes in the home is a massive undertaking. Fortunately, you’ll probably only need to do it once or twice in your lifetime. You should plan for the project to take between three and five days, depending on the size of your home. It’s a good idea to make other arrangements for young children and pets during this time.
The plumber will tackle this job in sections. During the work, most plumbers will lay down tarps to protect your furniture from dust and water. In many cases, the technician cuts into the drywall and removes sections to reach the pipes. It might also be necessary to cut into the floor or ceiling. Your plumbers should repair and repaint any removed sections.
Once your new pipes are installed, you should notice a difference in water flow immediately.