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Whole Home Repiping

Cincinnati Whole Home Repiping

In some cases, simply replacing pipes that are leaking or broken isn’t the best solution. Sometimes  you will need to have all the pipes replaced, which is where whole-house repiping comes in. If you live in an older fome that was built before 1970, this is an option to consider. Homes with galvanized steel plumbing should also consider whole home repiping. Steel was the most popular choice for home plumbing for many decades, but steel eventually suffers from corrosion and lacks the durability of today’s copper, PEX, and CPVC piping.

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Do You Need Repiping for Your Entire Home?

Here are three factors to help you decide if repiping your home is right for you: 

  1. Is your home 50+ years old? Up through the mid-twentieth century, galvanized steel was the primary material used in plumbing. While galvanized steel is strong, it generally succumbs to corrosion after about 50 years and needs replacement. Even more modern pipes won’t last forever, so keep an eye on plumbing systems that could be reaching the end of their lifespan.
  2. Do you have frequent plumbing problems or multiple pipe leaks? Occasional, isolated pipe leaks are to be expected from time to time, but frequent or recurring leaks may be a sign that the entire system is ready to be replaced. 
  3. Are rust or minerals building up in your water? The two telltale signs of rust and mineral buildup are low water pressure and reddish-brown water coming out of the faucet. As rust or minerals accumulate over time, they slowly begin to constrict the flow of water, resulting in low water pressure. It takes a long time for this much buildup to occur, so by the time you notice it, it may be time to repipe. Red or brown water results when bits of rust break off from the pipes into your water supply, affecting your water quality.

If any of these factors apply to your home, we recommend having a plumber come out and check the situation. Experienced plumbers are able to diagnose your whole house and determine the best options available to you, whether it’s a simple repair or if something more is needed.

What is the Process of Whole Home Repiping?

Are you afraid that a repiping job means that plumbers will tear out your drywall and floorboards, turning your home into a demolition zone? Repiping is a large job, but Thomas & Galbraith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing can handle it in a way to reduce the intrusive work done on the building material of your home.

Repipers start by covering floors and furniture to protect them from water damage and dust during the work. Then, they will find the pipes in your walls with small cuts into the drywall of the walls and ceilings. Only as much building material as necessary is removed to reach, detach, and remove the old pipe and replace it with new copper, PEX, or CPVC piping. When accessing pipes in the floor, plumbers will, whenever possible, go in through the ceiling below it. If you wish, you can arrange to have additional pipes put in at this time if you need to expand your water service for a remodel.

After pipes have been replaced, the plumbers will restore the surgical cuts into the walls and ceiling and patch and re-texture them to clean up any trace of the work that was done. If further renovations are desired, such as installing a tankless water heater or expanding the water system to accommodate a remodel, this is when those additional alterations will be made. 

Repiping may take anywhere from a couple of days to a week, depending on the size of your home. Typically, it is possible to do the bulk of the work that requires complete water shut off while you are out of the home during the day. The goal is for you to experience minimal disruption to your daily routine.

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