Even though you likely never see them, the pipes in your home play an important role in your daily life. Your plumbing pipes serve the crucial function of delivering water to the various fixtures and appliances in your home. It is usually only when something goes wrong within our pipes that we even think about them, such as when they get blocked, start leaking, burst or are otherwise in need of repair or replacement.
The most extreme form of service required for pipes is repiping, which is exactly what it sounds like: replacing the pipes in a home plumbing system, either in whole or in part. This is a job that calls for a skilled pipe replacement professional like those at Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Our Knoxville area repiping plumbers have years of experiencing replacing home plumbing pipes in homes all over the region.
Pipe Replacement Considerations
Although your pipes are generally out of sight, there are some indications that replacement may be necessary, which you should keep an eye out for.
For example, if your water pressure has dropped suddenly, or if your washing machine is taking much longer, your pipes may be degrading. More obvious signs are discolored water that contains red flakes or has a bitter taste. This is evidence of corrosion that is not only unsightly, but also unhealthy for your family.
Also take into account the age and composition of your pipes. If you moved into an older home with iron pipes and you don’t know how long it has been since they were installed, then any of the signs above give you pretty good reason to consider having an initial consultation about the potential for repiping. If you are moving into a home that still has lead pipes, it is important to replace them immediately. Lead pipes can be hazardous to your family’s health, as can any pipes that are corroding.
After deciding the time is right to replace your pipes, it is time to choose a material for your new pipes. Although iron used to be the standard, the most common and frequently recommended material for new pipes these days is copper. It rusts and corrodes slower than iron, meaning a longer life for your pipes and fewer risks later on. Consult with your contractor at the outset of a repiping job to choose the right material for your home.
Pipe Replacement Specialists
Although you may not need to replace all of your pipes, under many circumstances repiping the whole system is the best way to go. Repiping the whole house at once is one option. However, it can take several days to complete a total pipe replacement job and your home will be without water during this time.
For these reasons, some homeowners choose to have their homes repiped in segments. For example, the job may start with the pipes in the kitchen or one of the bathrooms and carry on in stages. Although this can take longer, it means that only small parts of your house are without water at a time, so it is less disruptive overall.
The Knoxville, TN area pipe replacement specialists at Hiller can help you decide which repiping process is best for you and your family. Once we’ve got a game plan we’ll replace any pipes necessary and have your home’s water supply back up in no time. Whether you’ve already decided you need pipes replaced or you’ve only just recently begun to suspect problems, call us today to discuss your options.