How long do plumbing pipes usually last before I will need to have a re-pipe?
That is a very good question. There are two separate plumbing systems in your home. One system is responsible for bringing fresh potable water into the home and the other system is responsible for removing the waste water once you have used it. These pipes are not designed to last forever. It is not uncommon for both the fresh water pipes and the drain lines to need to be replaced after about thirty years or so.
Why are my toilets and sinks turning rusty?
If you have a well pump it is possible that your well casing and cast iron and it is rusting out into the water. If you are on municipal water then it is likely that you have galvanized steel water pipes. If you are on a well then it is best to install an iron filter, but if you have galvanized water lines then it is time to replace them with PEX.
How will I know that it is time to repipe my water lines?
Many homeowners decide to replace their water lines once they have had multiple problems with leaks in the pipes or if they have rusty water coming out, low water pressure or no water pressure. What happens over time is the copper pipes thin out and develop pin hole leaks. If your home has galvanized steel piping then it is more likely that you will see rusty water or have very low water pressure. These are tell tale signs that it is time to replace your water lines. We always install PEX pipe due to it’s reliability and resilience against freezing.
Why does my kitchen sink, laundry or tub drain back up so much?
These drains are the most susceptible to clogs because of the soaps and detergents that go down them, not the mention the greases and dirt. These pipes are also typically the smallest pipes in the home. If you have had multiple clogs then something isn’t right with the drainage system. We have camera’s that can go down and look inside of these pipes to find the problem. If you have galvanized or cast iron drains then it is probably time to replace them. We also strongly recommend Bio-One as a routine drain treatment, especially if you have just had your pipes replaced.
How will I know that it is time to repipe my drain lines?
Most homeowners decide to repipe their drain lines once they start to develop issues with clogs in the line and or leaking/drippy pipes. Cast iron and galvanized steel drain lines are the most troublesome and should be replaced due to their tendency towards leaks and the course insides. Over time your drain lines will begin to clog up due to the grease and sludge that goes down the drains everyday. Eventually the system will simply stop draining and leave you in a tough spot. We always install PVC drain lines due to their reliability.
How much does a repipe cost?
The cost of a whole house re-pipe will depend greatly on the number of bathrooms in the home and the ease of access to the pipes. We have performed whole house re-pipes that were as expensive as $20,000 and we have done re-pipes that were as cheap as $3,700. On average, most of our clients end up spending about $5,000 or $6,000 to get their water or drain lines replaced.