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Repiping a house can be costly, but there are some good reasons to do it. If you own a home with old, dilapidated plumbing it can cause much more damage than anticipated, so having the repipe done will help save money in the long run. It will also raise the resale value of the home. A buyer will see the new pipes and be thankful that someone else took the time to handle the costly upgrade. The house will be worth more money, so you will gain from the investment. Here are some symptoms that your house needs to be repiped.

  • You have yellow or brown water come out of your faucets.
  • The shower used to flow better than it does now, but you have low water pressure.
  • The water is undrinkable because of the taste, color and/or smell.
  • Every time you run the water, it smells bad.
  • When you’re in the shower and the toilet is flushed, you’re either frozen or burned.
  • You’ve found hidden and/or visible leaks or corrosion on the pipes.
  • It’s impossible to get enough water to run more than one fixture or appliance at the same time.
  • There are rust stains in toilet, sinks and tubs that are difficult to remove.
  • Your washing machine fills slowly.
  • You know the pipes haven’t been replaced since the house was built in the 70s.
  • Repipe your house if it has galvanized pipes. They will corrode and rust quickly. It can also leach unwanted minerals into the water.

If you can identify with one or more of these symptoms your plumbing has, it needs to be fixed. A qualified plumber can help diagnose how bad the situation is and if one pipe needs to be replaced or the whole house needs repiped. Rest assured, there are other options for plumbing, instead of the galvanized pipes of the 1970s. Your Anaheim plumber will talk to you about what the options are for you to choose within their options and expertise, but the most common choices for a repipe are copper and PEX. Both pipes will last for more than a decade and there are benefits to each.