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Is It Time For Repiping?

pipes-corrodedThere are plenty of projects we are sure that you are hoping to have taken care of this spring. Maybe you are hoping to repaint or even update some of your plumbing fixtures. But before you start on any of these “cosmetic” changes, we’d like to ask you about what’s going on behind your walls.

If you live in a home that is on the older side, even if it seems like it is in good condition, there is a chance that the pipes that serve everyone in the house area are ready to retire. Piping that is over a certain age or from a certain era is going to wear out at some point which means you will need help with repiping in Ontario.

Not sure if this applies to you? Read on to learn more and see if you need to talk to a professional about repiping rather than pipe repair this season.

When To Consider Repiping

Repiping is a big job. It isn’t the kind of solution you’d consider if you just a leak or two developing over the course of a few years. Repiping is best for when you are encountering extreme problems with your piping. Here are some indicators that you need to talk to a professional plumber about getting your home repiped.

  • You know that your pipes are close to 50 or more years old. Regular use is going to eventually lead to your pipes starting to breakdown and decay. This makes them far more likely to spring a leak and cause problems for your home. If you know your pipes are around this age, it is time to consider repiping.
  • You have scaling in the pipes. Older piping that has suffered at the hands of sediment-heavy water may start to develop scaling, which is when sediment starts to collect and harden in them. Once scaling occurs within a pipe, it cannot be removed and the entire pipe must be replaced. If this has occurred through a majority of your pipes, you’ll need to repipe.
  • You have noisy pipes. Older pipes may be getting weaker and less stable. This can cause them to shake and rattle when they are in use. Not only is this extremely unpleasant but it also puts them at a higher risk of breaking or cracking. Have a plumber check to see if you need to repipe your home to address this.

A Note About Certain Piping Materials

There are certain materials that were used for piping in homes over the last century that have no place being used anymore. For starters, lead piping which was used in the early 1900s can end up threatening your health. Galvanized steel piping which was used around the 1960s is another material that should be replaced as it will be starting to break down at this point. If you aren’t sure about what your pipes are made of though make sure to check with a plumber.

Repiping your home is a big ordeal. Make sure to come to a team you can trust to get the job done right the first time around.

Contact Sweetwater Plumbing to schedule your service today. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job!

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