What is repiping?
Repiping or “replumbing” a home is the process of replacing or bypassing the home’s current water or gas piping system with new, more reliable piping fixtures. At Lumberjack Plumbing, home repiping is our specialty. We take pride in only using the most dependable tools, techniques and materials so your home is repiped to last.
When do homes need repiping?
Unfortunately, home repiping often happens after a pipe failure — a leak or burst pipe — causes major damage to property and personal belongings.
How old is your home? Pipe failures most commonly occur in old or unreliable piping fixtures that are no longer used in modern building methods. You want to consider repiping your home if it has:
Polybutylene piping: Installed in many homes between the 1970s and 1990s, this inexpensive piping is prone to cracking and degrading, which can effect water quality. This piping material is no longer recognized by modern building codes and should always be replaced to prevent against eventual failure.
Galvanized iron piping: Common in homes built before the 1960s. Because it generally only lasts about 25 years, you most likely already experienced a leak or a failure may be imminent. It’s prone to corrosion, which can affect water flow and cause leaks.
Steel, old cast iron or old copper plumbing: These types of pipes are also subject to corrosion and leaks.
Lead piping: Typically only found in homes built at the turn of the 20th century, lead pipes can leach lead into drinking water — a major health hazard.
A combination of old and new piping: Some plumbers will only patch pipe lines instead of completely repiping. Connecting points between old and new pipes can become corrosive and leak.
How can repiping help?
Proactively repiping your home can save you from costly property damage in the future. In addition to getting peace of mind knowing your home’s plumbing is more secure than ever, repiping your home can also:
- Increase your piping pressure and flow
- Improve water quality by eliminating contaminants
- Decrease risk of leaks from old piping systems
- Deliver hot water more efficiently
- Satisfy insurance requirements
How can I check if my home needs repiping?
Consider the age of your home and your plumbing. When was the last time piping was inspected or plumbing upgrades were completed? More than half of all homes in Gainesville were built between the 1970s and 1990s when failure-prone polybutylene piping was commonly used.
Identify the type of piping used in your home. Exposed piping can commonly be seen under sinks or in a crawl space. Look for signs of corrosion, including deterioration, discoloration, stains or flaking.
Watch out for leaks. Even the smallest leak can be a warning sign ahead of a major plumbing failure.
Examine your water and water pressure. Look for any discoloration or change in taste, especially after a period of inactivity, such as after a vacation. Low or changing water pressure, especially in hot water pipes, are a sign of corrosive blockages.
Ask a professional. We are happy to conduct a free inspection of your plumbing system.
Why is Lumberjack Plumbing the best choice to repipe my home?
- More than 13 years of local plumbing experience and piping expertise
- Professionally trained in water and gas line repiping
- Provides detailed estimates of services up front
- Uses only high quality materials to protect against future pipe failures
- Keeps clean job sites and a reliable project schedule
- Dedication to personalized service means customer satisfaction is top priority