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Seven Signs Your Home May Need Repiping

Old rusted pipes
February 14, 2018

If you’re a financially savvy homeowner, you know that making smart improvements in your home yields significant returns on your investment. Before you start thinking about remodeling your kitchen or adding a new bathroom, you might want to consider a much more fundamental item: your plumbing system. Because you don’t see your pipes, it’s important to your health and the health of your home that they’re in good condition.

Reasons You May Need Repiping

Here are seven signs that your home may need repiping:

  • You’re getting rust-colored or cloudy water. When you have an old plumbing system, the pipes can corrode on the inside. When this happens, the water will turn rust-colored due to the particles. Another thing that can happen is that sediment builds up inside the pipes, which makes the water cloudy. In both cases, the quality of the water is compromised.
  • Water temperatures fluctuate. When sediment builds up inside the pipes, it can also impact temperature regulation and anti-scalding devices. That means you can have icy cold water one minute and very hot water the next.
  • Your pipes are made of lead. Lead piping used to be used a lot — until it was determined that they adversely impact the quality of the water by leeching lead into your water supply. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, including developmental problems for children.
  • Your pipes are made of polybutylene. A couple of decades ago, polybutylene pipes were popular because they were highly affordable. However, they’re not very durable and wear much faster than other types of pipes, which can lead to leaks in your home.
  • You have low water pressure. Low water pressure can happen for two reasons: the pipes are leaking or there’s a buildup of sediment in the pipes that is restricting flow.
  • There are wet spots in your home. If your pipes are old and worn, they can start to leak. In addition to a drop in water pressure, you might notice moist patches appear around the home where the water is leaking out of the pipes. When left unaddressed, this will lead to mold and rot. This will not only compromise the structure of your home; it will also attract vermin and pests, not to mention impact your and your family’s health.
  • The plumbing is noisy. If the pipes make clanging, squeaking, and ticking sounds, it’s a sign that they’re old and not equipped to handle the demands your household places on them.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

If you’ve noticed one or more of these signs, odds are that you need to have your home’s plumbing replaced. Today’s pipes are much more durable than the ones installed 20 years ago. Moreover, they’re more heat- and cold-resistant, which means you don’t need to be as concerned about frozen pipes during the winter months. And having a new plumbing system will significantly increase the value of your home. So, while repiping your home might not be the most visible home improvement investment you can make, it’s certainly one of the most worthwhile!