Whole Home Repiping for Residences in the Greater Indianapolis Area
When you have plumbing problems involving leaking or broken pipes, the usual solution is to have just the faulty pipes replaced. However, there are some cases where you will need to have all of the pipes in your home replaced, which is where whole home repiping comes in.
Repiping all plumbing throughout the whole house is an option to consider if you live in an older home – such as one built pre-1970. Materials commonly used in the production of plumbing pipes back then, such as galvanized steel or copper pipes, just aren’t up to the standards of materials used today. A house repipe project improves the functionality and durability of the home’s plumbing system while eliminating frequent repair needs caused by the age of your plumbing lines.
With such an important job spanning your entire home, trust the Indianapolis plumbing professionals of Williams Comfort Air to deliver high-caliber workmanship and reliable whole house repipe service. Call us today to receive a free estimate and learn the cost of your house repipe project.
What Is House Repiping?
Plumbing piping and components aren’t capable of lasting forever. Like other materials used to construct a home, old pipes must one day be replaced. Repiping is the process of removing old plumbing and water supply pipes and replacing them with pipes constructed from newer, preferred materials.
Typically, a house repipe project removes aged plumbing pipes made from galvanized steel and replaces all hot and cold water supply lines with pipes constructed of newer materials that offer increased longevity and durability. Cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are piping materials most commonly used today, though copper pipes can also be installed through repiping – the cost is often prohibitive for many Indianapolis area homeowners.
How Much Does It Cost to Repipe an Entire Home?
House repiping is obviously an extensive project, so Indianapolis homeowners expect the work to come at a higher cost than minor plumbing repairs, for example. The cost of repiping varies from project to project, affected by specifics unique to each job including piping materials to be installed, house size, extent of the plumbing system, and accessibility.
- House repiping using PEX pipes runs between $4,000 to $6,000 on average.
- Repiping with copper pipes comes at a higher cost, from around $5,000 to $20,000 due to increased demolition requirements to install these rigid pipes as well as the increased cost of copper pipes.
Is Whole Home Repiping Needed for My Indianapolis Area Home?
Repiping is a considerable undertaking for any Indianapolis homeowner, as it involves the replacement and upgrade of every water supply pipe throughout the house. As you evaluate whether or not a house repipe project is your right move, consider your answers to these key questions:
- Is your home more than 50 years old? Throughout the mid-twentieth century, galvanized steel was the primary material used in plumbing. While galvanized steel is strong, it will eventually succumb to corrosion after about 50 years and require replacement. Even more modern copper, PEX, and CPVC piping won’t last forever, so keep an eye on plumbing systems that could be reaching the end of their lifespan.
- Do you have rust or mineral buildup in your water? Two telltale signs of rust and mineral buildup in your pipes are low water pressure and discolored reddish-brown water coming from your faucets. As rust or minerals accumulate over time, they slowly begin to constrict the flow of water, resulting in low water pressure. It takes a long time for this much buildup to occur, so by the time you notice it, it is usually time to repipe. Red or brown water results when bits of rust break off from the corroded pipes into your water supply, affecting your water quality.
- Do you experience frequent plumbing problems or have multiple pipe leaks? Occasional, isolated pipe leaks are to be expected from time to time, but frequent or recurring leaks may be a sign that the entire system is ready to be replaced. A house repipe lowers your risk of water damage by eliminating old pipe leaks and other issues.
If you experience any of the above issues, we recommend setting an appointment for a Williams Comfort Air plumber come out and check the situation. Experienced plumbers evaluate your home’s old pipes and determine the best options available to you, whether it’s a simple repair or if repiping is the preferred solution to end low water pressure and leaks throughout the entire home.
Call us today to have your pipes inspected and learn available options for repair and replacement.
How Long Does It Take to Repipe a Whole House?
Repiping takes anywhere from a couple of days to a week, depending on the size of your home. Typically, it is possible to do the bulk of the work that requires complete water shut off while you are out and about or at work during the day, so there’s minimal disruption to your household’s daily routine.
If you’re afraid that a house repiping job means plumbers tearing out your drywall and floorboards, turning your home into a demolition zone, you don’t need to worry. Repiping is a large job, but Williams Comfort Air is fully capable of conducting it in a way that reduces the intrusive work done on the building material of your home.
The House Repiping Process
A professional plumber starts by covering floors and furniture to protect them from water damage and dust while repiping is performed. The plumbing team locates pipes in your walls with small cuts into the drywall of the walls and ceilings. We only need to remove a small amount of building material in order to reach, detach, and remove the old pipes and replace them with new copper pipes, PEX, or CPVC piping. To access pipes in the floor, plumbers go in through the ceiling below whenever this option is possible to further minimize disruption to your home.
A whole house repipe project is the perfect time to make adjustments to your home’s plumbing system. If there are changes you wish to make to accommodate current needs or future remodeling plans, our plumbers are able to fulfill these needs as we replace piping throughout the house. If you wish, arrange to have additional water supply pipes installed if you foresee the need to expand water service for upcoming remodeling projects.
Once the pipes have been replaced, our plumbers fix all access cuts made into the walls and ceilings. We patch and re-texture them to leave no sign behind of the work that’s been completed within your home’s walls, ceilings, and floors.
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