Dealing with slow drains? Recently experienced a back-up? Or maybe there’s been a change in the quality of your water? All of these issues can be traced back to a problem with your pipes. If you are seeing signs of pipe issues, you should definitely call an experienced plumber right away to perform an inspection. From there, your plumber may present two options: pipe repair or repiping. These services have similar aims, but one is more involved than the other. Keep reading to learn the difference between pipe repair and repiping, and remember that for all your essential plumbing needs, you can always count on our experts at All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical.
As you’ve probably already guessed, pipe repair is exactly what it sounds like. Thanks to modern technology, All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical is now able to perform fast and efficient repairs for all types of piping. A burst pipe can occur for many reasons, and may strike at any moment, so do not be afraid to call us right away if you suspect a problem.
Top signs you are dealing with a burst, broken, or leaky pipe include:
- Water Stains: When a pipe suddenly bursts, the most common sign is water seeping through your walls and leaving a visible stain.
- Cracks in paint: While you may notice the water from a burst pipe right away, leaks often lead to more insidious issues, such as changes in water pressure that can affect the paint on your walls, potentially causing visible cracks.
- Nasty Smells: Even if you are not able to spot a pipe leak, you may be able to smell one. Watch out for a musty, mold/mildew odor, which often indicates water is accumulating somewhere out of sight.
- A Spike in Your Water Bill: If you look at your water bill and find that, out of nowhere, it has significantly risen, and your water consumption habits have not changed, there’s a good chance a problem with one of your pipes is behind the spike.
- A Malfunctioning Water Meter: The best way to confirm you have a leaky or broken pipe is to turn off the water in your home and look at the water meter. If the dial continues to move, call a plumber, as this error is actually an indication that water is leaking out of a pipe somewhere.
In most cases, All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical will perform a standard pipe repair/replacement when only one or a few pipes are damaged. Repiping, on the other hand, is what’s necessary when many pipes are consistently malfunctioning. While a simple pipe repair is usually enough to suffice when a sudden issue occurs, whole-home repiping is often what’s required when a number of problems chip away at your pipes’ performance over time. We know that phrase “whole-home” can be scary, but we promise that our plumbers will do everything in their power to make this process as painless as possible.
Consider hiring All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical for whole-home repiping if:
- You are experiencing problems with water quality: If the taste or smell of your water has declined over time, it may be due to the fact that your pipes are breaking down. Watch out for brownish, rust-colored water as well, and if you start finding pieces of sediment in your water, call a plumber to see if you need repiping immediately.
- Your water bills keep rising: As mentioned above, an unexpected increase in your water bill can often be attributed to an unexpected pipe problem. However, if you find your water bills rising steadily over time, and your water use habits are not changing, then your pipes may be deteriorating, meaning you will need to consider repiping your home.
- Your water pressure is always low: Consistently low water pressure is often a sign that your pipes have become corroded, and are experiencing frequent clogs, leaks, or cracks as a result.
- Your pipes are old: Like anything else, the older your pipes get, the worse they are likely to function. If you live in an older house, you probably have aging pipes, too, so you should watch out for issues. Moreover, pipes from houses built before the 1990s often have pipes that are not sustainable or even dangerous, so it is always a good idea to find out the age of the pipes in your home.
- Your pipes constantly need to be repaired: An occasionally leaky or even burst pipe over the years is normal, and even expected. However, if your pipes are constantly experiencing issues like this, forcing you to consistently spend money on repairs, then it may be more cost-efficient just to repipe your home altogether.
All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical Is Here for All Your Piping Needs
At All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we proudly offer both copper and PEX piping, so whether you need a repair or a whole-home repipe, you always get the best materials. We know that committing to something like repiping is a big decision, which is why our experienced plumbing team also provides free estimates, and will talk you through the entire operation, whether it's a partial repipe or whole-house repiping. If you do need repiping service, we will strive to get the job done in just one to two days. Plus with 24/7 availability for emergency pipe repairs, you’ll never have to worry about your piping again as long as you’ve got All Pro Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical.