Before you replace your water and sewer pipes, consult with a trusted plumber like those at Billy the Sunshine Plumber to find out if you need to re-pipe your home.
You’re planning on going to the AARP fitness training event after work tonight. You’ve decided that, between sitting all day at work and being a couch potato at night, that you need to start getting in shape. This sounds like a good place to start.
You’re not just worried about getting your body in shape. You’re also thinking about getting your home in shape. It was built more than 60 years ago and you think it needs a general update. You’re also wondering if your water and sewer pipes should be updated.
That’ a good question. Houselogic.com has this to say about re-piping in older homes: “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 between cost and construction mess] you certainly don’t want to do the job before it’s necessary.”
Houselogic.com suggests that you know your type of pipe and that you look for signs of trouble: “If your house is more than about 60 years old, make it an annual ritual to look at any exposed pipe—in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms—for telltale signs of trouble. Check the tubing for discoloration, stains, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, which are all indications of corrosion. If you find irregularities, bring in a plumber to do an inspection.
“You’ll want to keep a watch for leaks too, of course. Even small ones that are easily repaired may be indicators that the time for whole-house replacement is approaching. After all, the original pipes in your home are the same vintage, they’re made of the same material, and they’ve been subjected to the same water supply and usage patterns.”
So, the short answer to an overall plumbing upgrade is this: If you’re going to upgrade your home and rip out walls, then it might be the best time to re-pipe the house as things are going to be torn up anyway. If you’re not, let the plumbing and pipes be your guide along with advice from a trusted plumbing pro like the plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber.
When you’re looking for a re-piping specialist in the Tampa Bay area, look no further than Billy the Sunshine Plumber. Billy Sunshine has been in business for almost 100 years – he was founded in 1924 – and that’s a lot of re-piping he’s done in that time. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365 in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. He never closes.
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