There’s actually not going to be very many scenarios where you can avoid repiping if it’s truly necessary. A water softener can prevent hard water from destroying your plumbing, making it one of the best methods of preventing a large repiping job.
Repiping, especially whole-house repiping, may sound like a huge undertaking. But with the help of a , though, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Whole-house repiping is like a last-resort method, so most jobs that do call for repiping are for good reason that’s hard to dispute. Luckily, a repiping will prevent these problems from happening for a long time. Problems such as:
Pipes Clogged With Minerals
As mentioned in the introduction, the continuous flow of hard water through your plumbing will make your pipes susceptible to mineral buildup. This can create a thick ring of magnesium and calcium deposits—also known as limescale—on the inside of your pipes. This increases the pressure inside the pipes, which will actually cause the water to come out of the faucet at a lower pressure. This is just one of many side effects of a plumbing system burdened with hard water.
In these cases, repiping all the afflicted pipes and installing a water softener right after will ensure that this problem doesn’t come back to bother you.
Corroded and Leaky Pipes
Corrosion will lead to leaks forming in your plumbing. Just before a whole-house repiping, it’s not uncommon for someone to encounter multiple leaks in the span of weeks or months. This is a sign that your pipes are corroding due to a common reason, and repiping becomes the most cost-effective solution (as opposed to fixing every single leak as it appears). Some of these reasons include:
Hard Water: Mineral buildup can also gradually create corrosion in your pipes.
Galvanic Corrosion: When copper pipes are connected to galvanized steel pipes, the dissimilar metals can form a kind of corrosion. Luckily this means only the steel and the corroded pipes will need replacing, not the entire plumbing system.
High Pressure: If the water in your system flows at too high a pressure, it can actually corrode the copper walls of the pipes. In this case, a device will be needed to regulate the pressure.
If your home is fitted with old pipes, repiping is unavoidable. But in this case, you wouldn’t want anything less than an entire replacement.
One reason we replace old pipes immediately is that they were often found to be harmful to human health. Galvanized steel pipes were widely used until about the 1970s before it was discovered they could cause lead poisoning. Yikes!
Not only that, but as mentioned above, older pipes can cause corrosion in new types of plumbing. Instead of trying to work around that problem, the best thing is to update the entire plumbing system. Once it’s done, it’s a problem you won’t have to worry about for several decades.