An Ounce of Prevention: Repiping Before the Leak
When looking at your household’s piping, the old axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” rings incredibly true in order to prevent leaks and subsequent damage from them. If not dealt with immediately, a leak can cause significant damage to your home – and the best way to avoid this damage is through preventing leaks in the first place by repiping before there is a risk of pipe failure.
Most commonly, household leaks are found in toilets – but homeowners should keep an eye on their appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators too. Leaky fixtures and faucets can indicate risk of a leak and potential pipe failure. Damaged pipes, worn out hardware, or shoddy connections can all result in pipe leaks if they are not repiped in time.
Signs of a need to repipe your home can include the following:
- Lack of, or changes in, water pressure. As galvanized pipes corrode, the rusk closes up inside the pipe and begins to restrict water flow. If you have a “no flushing” rule when someone is using the shower – it may be time to consider repiping.
- Discoloured water – usually rust coloured – is usually a sign of rust buildup within the pipes, and a sign of needing to repipe. This is often coupled with bad smelling water.
- Noisy pipes that bang or creak when the water is on.
- Pipes that are obviously (visibly) corroded.
A service technician who comes out to your home for an inspection will be able to diagnose any issues that may need to be repiped within your home. The process of repiping is when new hot and cold water pipes for incoming water are installed inside of your home to replace the existing copper or galvanized pipes.
The process of repiping should now take more than a few days, with as little inconvenience to you as possible. Upon inspection, 604FixLeak will provide you with a detailed estimate for the project, and will always keep you informed about the schedule of progress of the work.