How do I know if my home needs to be repiped?

by McAtee LLC on April 4, 2014

Signs Your Home Needs To Be Repiped


RepipeRepiping is something most homeowners will likely experience at some point. This is especially true if the home, and subsequently the plumbing, is older. Use and simply the age of the materials causes them to wear out. If a pipe collapses completely it can result in disaster, it is best to repipe your home before that happens. Luckily there are a number of signs that can indicate when it is time to do this. If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your local plumber immediately.

Decreases in Water Pressure

Typically the first sign that your pipes are on their way out is a decrease in your water pressure. This decrease will likely be gradual. If it manages to go unnoticed or you choose to ignore it, it can result in your faucet only dripping despite being on full blast. This decreasing water pressure is usually caused by corrosion inside of your pipes. This is a natural result of aging in many older piping materials. Corrosion may also result in slow draining.

Poor Water Quality

The color as well as the taste of your water can be affected by old plumbing. Another common sign is rusty colored, cloudy or even green water coming out when you first turn on a faucet. There are also instances where your water may look clear, but it presents an odd smell or tastes unpleasant. Water should always taste and smell neutral. Sometimes the particles from the worn pipes may also leave rust stains in your toiler, bathtub or sinks. Your clothes may even come out with rust stains after they are washed.

Noises From Plumbing

Clanking or banging noises emanating from beneath your toilet or your sinks is another sign your home may need to be repiped. Do not ignore these noises and assume they will go away. You may also experience other odd noises such as sputtering or gurgling when you turn on faucets. It will be as if the water is struggling a bit to come out. This actually indicates a problem in the pipes and not in the faucet itself.

Do you need to repipe your Columbus home? Call McAtee LLC at (614) 252-9400 and schedule a service call immediately!

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