When Is It Time to Repipe a House?

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Whole house repiping

If you’ve heard about or your plumber has recommended it, your first thought is probably What is home repiping, and that is what we will discuss here by answering the common questions. In addition to discussing when is the right time for home repiping, we’re going to talk about Why is home repiping a good idea too.

First, what are the benefits of home repiping? Home repiping is what it says, repiping a hoe with new pipes. Sometimes, the plumbing in a home is in serious condition that the only way to fix it is to rip it all out and start over. In basketball 3-on-3 they call it “do over”, but what good does total home repiping do? 

  • Improves water pressure: Low water pressure is aggravating and often is caused by pipes that are old and corroded. With total home repiping using copper or PEX, the water pressure is improved immediately. 
  • Improved home value: Whole home repiping will improve your home’s values and make it more appealing to possible buyers should you decide to sell later because it gives them a sense of security and you get peace of mind while living here.  in the process.
  • Plumbing leaks prevented: Once you have a whole home repiping done, your worries of water pipe leaking are over, and with that, concerns of mild and mold growth from water damage, is gone. Home repiping with PEX piping will make your plumbing resilient to freezing in the winter too. 
  • Safe plumbing: with whole home repiping option of PEX, the pipes are corrosion and rust-resistant, making your water safer with less chance of bacterial growth.
  • Rust-free water: Whole home repiping will get rid of the old plumbing that has rusted inside. 

What is involved in a whole house repiping project?

Typically, a total home repiping involves removing the old plumbing pipes, often galvanized steel, and replacing it with newer materials, either PEX or PVC. These newer materials offer durability, freeze resistance, and longevity. The steps involved are: 

  • Cover areas with plastic sheets
  • Cut ceiling and drywall with surgical style cuts 
  • Remove the old piping
  • Install new piping
  • Patch the ceiling and drywall

How long does it take to repipe a whole house?

There are two main factors that will determine how long a whole home repiping will take. One is the size of the home. The more piping involved, the longer it takes. A one story home with two bathrooms can be completed faster than a two or three story home with three or more bathrooms. The other factor will depend on the existing plumbing type. The average one story, two bath home with laundry room can take up to two days.

When should I repipe my house?

Unlike the filter on your HVAC system that should be changed monthly (you’re welcome for that reminder), there isn’t an exact scheduled timetable for total home repiping. So, should you repipe your house? A home that is fifty years or older is likely in need and an experienced plumber could inspect your plumbing and advise you accordingly. 

What if your home is less than 50 years old, but has lead pipes?  Then you should definitely have total home repiping done. Why? Lead pipes for plumbing have been outlawed in most of the country, if not all of the country due to the health concerns and issues they cause. Even the best water filters can not assure clean, safe water coming from lead pipes.

Should I repipe my house with PEX?

Yes and no. PEX is susceptible to damage by UV rays, so if you choose to go with PEX for your home repiping, you want it protected from the sun, which usually isn’t an issue since most plumbing is under the house or inside cabinets and walls. You should also know that PEX is not rodent resistant, so if you have issue with rodents in your home, that needs to be addressed before installing, or when you install PEX plumbing. 

Because PEX is a flexible material, if your plumbing begins having issues after your home repiping, and the piping is rubbing from vibrations, typically air in the lines, that should be remedied quickly to avoid rubbing a hole in the PEX and a leak starting. 

pex piping and joints for whole home repiping

Does insurance cover repiping?

Yes, home repiping is expensive, so most homeowners would love to file this on their homeowner’s insurance.  Most likely, your homeowner’s will not cover total home repiping simply because you want better water pressure. 

However, if your home has been damaged by corroded and failing water pipes, it will cover the repairs of damage caused by the old piping, and possibly it will cover the cost of the pipes used to replace the damaged, old pipes. Review your policy with your agent and see if a total home repiping could be covered even partially. Call 817-281-5325 today for whole house repiping in Fort Worth, TX.