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If you are the owner of an older home or if you find yourself constantly making repairs to small leaks in your pipes, it may be time to consider a repipe of your entire home. Repiping is the complete replacement of the plumbing pipes within your Memphis home or business. While most pipe materials are meant to last long term, they will not last forever, especially if they are poorly maintained. Poor maintenance leads to accelerated deterioration. If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be a sign you need to replace your pipes:
- Discolored water.
- Frequent leaks.
- Reduced water pressure.
- Visible signs of corrosion on exposed pipes.
Homes that were built in the early 1900s may have lead pipes, which can be hazardous to your health. If you do have lead pipes, they should be replaced immediately to address the possibility of lead poisoning. Homes built between 1970 and 1990 may have pipes made of polybutylene pipes, which can be unreliable and prone to breakage. Both of these pipe materials should be completely removed and replaced with approved, safe piping. If you do have lead or polybutylene pipes, Stewart Plumbing can help you with a complete repipe.
Homes that are in need of a repipe have a few options available to them, these include:
- Total Replacement: This is an attractive option during a remodel or if your pipes are severely deteriorated. While a total repipe involves breaking through the walls and floor, your increased peace of mind and property value make this option ideal for older homes.
- Exposed Replacement: Even if all the pipes in your home require replacing, a cost-saving alternative to a full repipe is a partial replacement of only exposed pipes in basements and other areas. You may still need to do a total replacement in the future. This option should only be considered if the pipes behind walls and under floors have been inspected by a camera and deemed to be in acceptable condition.
- PEX Piping: PEX is flexible piping that can be snaked into the existing pipes. This option allows the pipes within your walls to be repaired without extensive destruction.
While a total repipe of your system may seem overwhelming, it is by far the most cost effective solution to your pipe problems. Having a plumber repair the same types of pipe problems over and over again quickly becomes expensive and may make selling your home difficult. Calling us in to address your plumbing issues now will give you peace of mind and a real solution to your pipe problems.