What Does Repipe Mean?


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Plumber Hands With Tools Tightening Pipe Connections

Learn More About Repiping

Your home’s piping can become susceptible to damages be it through the natural progression of time or through scenarios such as foundation movement, root infiltration and more! In cases like these consider the solution of repiping. What repiping means is that older piping materials or areas that have been detached or otherwise worn and damaged are replaced with newer piping materials. With worn or damaged pipes it’s essential to get a repiping service done in order to avoid water infiltration in the soil which can cause slab movement which can further upset the integrity of your home. There are many options in pipe materials available in the market today which can prevent the formation of rust, corrosion while also being more flexible to movement. Get in touch with a professional plumber to find out more about your options. Until then, here is some useful information regarding repiping.

When should you Repipe a house?

Your house should undergo repiping after severe damages have been made like with pipe punctures or even with more regular cases of natural aging. If your home is 50 years or older it may be time to consider repiping as pipe life expectancy on average lies within this time. Cases, where premature replacement may be necessary, are with reoccurring piping issues. For example if you have multiple leaks or low water pressures in various rooms you may have worn or otherwise damaged piping materials. What’s more, with pipe rust, corrosion or build-up you may notice brown or red-colored water which can be dangerous for the health of those who consume or are exposed to it as this is a clear sign of contamination in water quality.

How is Repiping done?

A repiping job will typically involve cutting small holes in walls, digging trenches, or accessing one area where a machine can repipe materials without extensive landscape digging. There are many repiping techniques available where damage to your property is avoided or minimized. Essentially older pipes with be pushed out with newer pipes taking over previous connections and space.

How long does repiping take?

A home repiping job without any interruptions doesn’t take long and can take 1 or 2 days to complete. 

How much does it cost to Repipe a house?

The cost for repiping a house can range in price depending on the size of the area that’s being repiped as well as the chosen piping material. A 1,500 square foot home that’s being replaced with copper pipes can cost anywhere between $8,000-$10,000. With PEX piping materials with the same square footage, you’d typically see the price ranging from $4,000-$6,000 due to lower material and labor costs.

Plumbing Tools Arranged On House Plans With Wrench &Pipe Cutter

What materials are best for repiping my home?

  • Copper
  • PEX
  • CPVC
  • PVC

Is PEX or copper better?

Although the most popular types of piping material for water pipes are with copper PEX tubing has seen a rise in popularity as well due to its many benefits. Copper is a lighter and more flexible piping material which makes it less susceptible to breaks in the pipe system. The largest draw that it has from piping materials used in the past is that it’s corrosion resistance which was a large cause of premature damage and wear from pipes of the past. Although both pipes are resistance to freeze-thaw breakage PEX is considered more resistant. PEX is cheaper in price as well because it won’t have as many fittings and therefore requires less labor. The average life of copper pipes can last from 50-80+ years while PEX averages at about 40-50 years.

Does Repiping a house add value?

Repiping a house can increase its value as materials are newer with less of a chance of repair or replacements needed for a good amount of time which provides peace of mind for a prospective home buyer.

Is Repiping covered by insurance?

Repiping is not typically covered by homeowners’ insurance as it is a preventative measure that can fall under general home maintenance. Most insurance policies, however, will cover any damages that are the result of failing or corroded pipes.

Contact A Professional Plumber

When it comes to a repiping job it’s important to contact your local plumber. Much like iron is to wrought iron fencing materials such as PEX and copper repiping are best selected for more durability and performance. However, as with any kind of service certain materials may be more recommended by a professional after an initial inspection has been done. With a professional plumber, you’ll be matched with the optimal piping material that best matches with your property’s specifications and characteristics. Strengthen your pipes and ensure a smoother flow of water travel with a repiping job. Contact your local plumber today to get the process started and to get more information.

If you’re interested in repiping in Dallas, TX call (214) 402-5454 with Tribeca Plumbing, Inc.!