May 6, 2013   //   by Daniel Cordova   //   Tip Of The Month  //  Comments Off on Check the Signs: Does Your Home Need to be Repiped?

Modern plumbing is a daily convenience that we all tend to take for granted…that is, until it stops working.  Preventative care and maintenance can be a huge help to extending the life of your plumbing system, and can definitely help you avoid any unpleasant and costly surprises.  However, if your home is older or if your system is already in poor condition, water line repiping or water line replacement may be your only option, and shouldn’t be put off.  Many people tend to put off repiping because of the large cost, but what if you knew the signs that could tell you if you might be getting close to needing that whole house repipe?  Well, here it is!



Is your water pressure extremely low?  Do you have to turn the faucet on full blast just to get a steady stream?  Does it change from low to high very easily?  One of the biggest signs of faulty or failing water lines is reduced or varying water pressure.



Does your water run red or brown?  Does it have a discoloration when you first turn the faucet on but then clear up after a while?  Discolored water is the second largest sign of a necessary water line replacement.  It is caused by rust and other mineral build-up in your pipes which itself is caused by corrosion of the pipes.



Have you noticed any apparent leaks in your home?  Have you noticed any wet spots on your walls or ceiling?  Any built up moisture or water on your floors?  This could simply mean that you have one pipe that needs to be replaced, but it could also be something much bigger.  Either way, it definitely requires some attention, but leaky pipes are definitely one of the top 3 signs



Have you noticed any visible pipe corrosion or clear signs of water stains around your pipes?  It may just require simple spot repair, but it may also be the sign of something far worse.



Have you noticed any smelly odors coming from your water faucets?  Do your pipes knock increasingly loud?  Do you get scalded with hot water in the shower when someone flushes the toilet or turns on the sink?  Does your water tend to slow or back up frequently?


All of these issues could be related to other lesser problems, but any of the above combined could mean danger!  You may be in desperate need or at least getting closer to needing a complete home repipe or water line replacement.  Either way, give your local plumber a call and have them check it out.  Often times they can determine the extent of damage with a simple camera inspection.


If you do get stuck in the mud though, just remember that Daniel Cordova Plumbing is available around the clock to help make it right!  Just give us a call and we’ll be there for you!

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