Copper Repipe Information For Homeowners
What exactly is a repipe and how much does a copper repipe cost?
If you live in a house or building that’s been built 20 years ago or longer, there’s a higher probability that the water pipes are made of a galvanized pipe material. These galvanized pipes will start to worsen as time passes and will probably require a copper repipe to offset the damage, wear and material corrosion of your existing pipes. Corroded pipes in the home can cause an alarming loss of water quality and may even pose health concerns. A copper repipe is the removal or bypass of existing plumbing pipes, replaced by brand new copper pipes. The copper used is among the finest quality available and guaranteed for life. The cost for a repipe varies on your home size and plumbing layout. Typically the cost of a copper repiping with Repipe Specialists is half of what a local plumber would charge.
What are the problems that I should look for?
If you experience low water pressure, your water is discolored or has a metallic taste, a slab leak appears or you discover existing pipes leaking or corroding, it’s time for you to replace your old water pipes by with new copper pipes. These combined clues and symptoms are often the early indicators of serious internal pipe corrosion. This could also lead to leaks in your house, which can often be attributed to unhealthy mold and mildew within the walls.
How much time does a copper repipe take?
Generally a full copper repiping job takes just 1-2 days. You will not have to leave your house for fear of not having water or being able to take a shower. You do not have to vacate the house for days either. Our installers and technicians pride themselves on keeping your home clean and will take extra care to cover your household items and furnishings before the job starts. The Repipe Specialists team always includes a master patcher, who skilfully repairs any sections of a wall that needed to be exposed to perform the repipe. We’ve had many customers who are amazed that Repipe Specialists completes the job in just days, leaving little evidence that a complete copper repipe had just taken place. As one client has told us, “My wife didn’t even know where the repairs were done, as your crew left no trace that a major repair had just been completed.”
What happens after the repipe?
The first thing people notice after a copper repipe is a dramatic increase in water pressure. Over time, corrosion and rust had collected inside your old pipes, restricting flow and causing water pressure loss. You’ll notice an overall improvement in your water quality too. With copper pipes free of contaminants or corrosion, you’ll see a clear difference in the water quality of your shower, your dishwasher and your washing machine.
Replacing old pipes also has tremendous cost benefits as well. Replacing your old water lines can save you from countless problems down the road. Pinhole leaks and inferior plumbing will be a thing of the past. Your repipe may eliminate any future costly plumbing headaches for years to come. A copper repipe also adds to the resale value of your home, a huge advantage when putting your house on the market. People are very concerned about water quality when buying a home. A copper repipe on your home is a valuable selling point to a potential home buyer.
How soon can I schedule an on-site inspection and estimate?
Repipe Specialists have live operators 24/7 to answer your questions and schedule your free estimate. You can call 800-737-4746 anytime to start the process or simply fill in the free repipe estimate request form on the right side of this website. Our experienced experts will perform a thorough examination of your home and plumbing situation and provide you with a detailed, full estimate on the work that is required.
Are there other materials that can be used for a repipe?
Depending on your home configuration, a PEX repipe may also be an option worth considering. PEX is a great alternative to using copper and has many aesthetic values as well, such as water noise reduction and ease of installation in a variety of applications. For more information, visit our PEX repipe page on this site.