If you think your home is in need of a major plumbing overhaul, the first fact you should know is that a state-licensed master plumber is the only person certified to provide safe and effective plumbing pipe replacement and repair. They will have the knowledge, training, experience, and resources to implement accurate plumbing service completely up to code. Continue reading to review some of the most frequently asked questions about re-piping and plumbing repair, and better understand your property’s plumbing needs.
When is it Time for Pipe Replacement?
Usually, if a home is older than 50 years, there is a good chance its pipes are not in very good condition. Houses these old usually have systems made of an inferior metal or material, such as lead. In this case, pipe replacement would be the wiser and more beneficial remedy. In the case of a serious disaster, like a tornado or hurricane, a home’s plumbing pipes may also need entirely replaced since there is universal damage.
When Do I Need Pipe Repair?
If your home’s plumbing system has an isolated issue or defect, pipe repair is the proper course of action. Since all other parts of the system are in good condition and functional, only the damaged or defective area of the plumbing system would need to be fixed. This, of course, is also the cheaper, more cost-effective solution to pipe problems.
What Can I Expect With Pipe Replacement Work?
In the case that your home requires pipe replacement, you can expect your daily routine to be affected in some way or another. This type of work, after all, is intrusive and invasive, so you will have to temporarily adjust to a little clutter and discomfort. Plumbers usually work on one area at a time, so you can usually live in your home while the work is completed. But often times, families leave their homes and rent a hotel room while the work is being performed. This makes it easier for all parties involved.
How Long Does Pipe Replacement Take?
The total amount of time it takes for a contractor to complete a re-piping job depends on several factors. These include the property’s size, grade, soil condition, number of staff, level of experience, and much more. When a contractor has to work around a home, the job takes longer. If a home’s walls have already been taken down or not yet constructed, the job goes by faster. Expect the project to take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks.
Who Should I Hire for the Job?
Always look for a plumbing company with extensive experience and premium insurance. The more experience they have, the more proficient their skills as a plumber should be, while insurance shows they are a professional company. Also look for state-licensed master plumbers. There is a big difference between a standard plumbing contractor and a master plumber.