Time For A Home Main Water Line Repipe?

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When Should You Repipe Your Home’s Main Water Line?

Avoid Disaster – Repair Or Replace Broken Plumbing

Replacing your home’s main water line with a repipe project is a major home improvement. Typically, a complete water main repiping is a procedure that is only necessary when the pipes for your home are no longer serviceable. This may result from shifting in the earth where the pipes are located or from deterioration of the pipes over time. Henco Plumbing Services, located in Vancouver Washington, is a repipe specialist – we perform several water line repipe projects each month. If you are asking, ‘ How do I know if I need a water line repipe ‘, here is information from House Logic that discusses this topic. If you need help with your home water line issue, call us at 360-773-8039 and we will schedule an appointment to do a complete examination of your plumbing pipe system.

Do You Need to Replace Your Plumbing?

What to look for and consider to determine if you should replace plumbing and deteriorating pipes.

Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes inside your house. Over the decades, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays. Unless you replace plumbing, you’re eventually going to get leaks—and possibly a flood of water or raw sewage into your home that causes thousands of dollars in damage to your building and belongings.

But is a plumbing disaster imminent or just a concern for the distant future? Replacing old pipes in a 1,500 square foot, two-bathroom home costs a few thousand dollars to several thousand dollars, and may require cutting open walls and floors, so you certainly don’t want to do the job before it’s necessary. Here’s how to assess your plumbing system and know when it’s time for replacement.

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Not sure if that repipe is totally necessary? Sometimes the pipes for your home will actually break, and when that occurs, you might have some real signs that something is wrong. Low water pressure is one major sign that your water line could be broken. You may be able to fix some plumbing pipes yourself, however, a major repipe for your water lines is a job that should be performed by a professional plumbing contractor. The article from Family Handyman makes some interesting points. If you have galvanized plumbing pipes and you begin to experience low water pressure, this is a major sign that you should consider replacing those old pipes with a plumbing repipe installed by a repipe specialist.

Water Pipe Replacement: Cures for Low Water Pressure

Replace clogged, corroded water supply pipes to improve water pressure. Begin with the worst spots first, the main valve and meter and the fixture shutoffs. Then replace the horizontal pipes and finally the vertical lines.

Replace clogged water supply pipes, starting with the worst.

If you have low water pressure in your home and still have old galvanized steel pipes, chances are that they’re corroded and clogged with rust and other minerals. Professional replacement is expensive, costing thousands of dollars.

But often you can do the job yourself, or at least solve the worst of the problem. The elbows and horizontal pipes in the basement or lowest level are usually the main culprits.

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Here’s a video that answers the question, “When should I repipe my home water line?”

Video: When You Should Repipe Your House

What should you know about water leaks in or around your home? Since this is not an everyday event, you really do need to look for some warning signs. Once again, the loss of water pressure is a major issue when water lines break so, if it should occur in your home, a broken water main could be the cause. The following article from are not the cause in loss of water pressure. It goes on to give you some specific situations where pipes are broken and require a repipe.

Things To Know When A Water Main Leak Is From Your House

If you suspect you have a water main leak on your house water service line, there is some very basic information that will come in handy. Before you make a hiring decision to perform water main repair work, use this information to help yourself. It may help you to avoid unnecessary repairs, or an inaccurate assessment of the problem.

Loss Of Water Pressure From A Water Main Leak

A frequent misconception is that every main water line leak will result in a corresponding loss of water pressure. Actually even if a water main repair is needed, it is quite unusual to have a loss of pressure. Having a leak on a  service line is no different than having a sink or other plumbing fixture running in your house. It typically does NOT result in a loss of pressure. Only in extreme cases, such as a ruptured service line or the actual tap connection becoming dislodged from the city main, will there be a drop in pressure.

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We know that broken plumbing pipes can result in huge disasters like severely damaged kitchens, or living rooms or basements and can also result in flooding in yards and under your home. Whenever you see signs that there might be leakage or broken water lines, contact Henco Plumbing at 360-773-8039 so we can inspect the problem areas. If it is a small break, we will repair the damage promptly. If your main water line is severely damaged, we are your local Vancouver WA plumbing repipe experts and we will perform a repipe for you. As always, we offer a total 100% Workmanship Guarantee. You can be assured of our expertise – we are licensed and insured with many 5 Star Reviews!

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