Does brown-tinted water come out of your faucets? Are your sink faucets and shower heads releasing water at an abnormally low pressure? Have you noticed any leaks? Water spots? These are the first signs that it may be time to replace the pipes in your home.
If your home has galvanized pipes, the brown water that is coming out of your faucets is most likely caused by rust on the inside of your pipes. And if you notice low water pressure from your faucets and shower heads or leak spots on your walls or ceiling, the rust in your pipes has eaten its way through the pipe, creating pin-holes for water to escape. If you want to know for sure whether or not your pipes are rusting, you can go into your attic and look for brown or reddish rust spots, on the potable water pipes in your attic.
Sometimes, it can take years for rusty pipes to reach their tipping point and spring a major leak in your home.
But as soon as you notice any signs that the pipes in your home are rusting or have holes, you should consider a whole-home repipe; if you wait until the last moment, you will not only have to pay to repipe your home, but you may also have to pay to fix water damaged areas and replace any damaged furniture or valuable items. And if you plan on having your kitchen or bathroom remodeled, it’s especially important to repipe any rusty pipes to avoid costly damages to your new appliances.
As a preventative measure, we offer both immediate and long-term solutions to fix rusty and damaged pipes. These procedures do take some time, but because of the materials and process we use, Best Choice's repipes are minimally invasive to your home, meaning we make as few and as little access holes as possible.
Typically, you will notice pinhole leaks and rust on these pipes first because 1) they are usually the only exposed water distribution pipes in your home, and 2) there is usually more horizontal pipe in a home than vertical pipe in the walls. But even though there’s a high probability that you will notice leaks coming from your horizontal pipes, there is still a likely chance that the branching lines and vertical pipes in your home are also rusting, and even leaking, which is why Best Choice recommends having your whole-home repiped if you notice leaks caused by rust anywhere in your home.
Best Choice’s Horizontal Repipe Process
Horizontal repipes typically take one or two days to carry out. The first thing we do is shut off your home’s main water service pipe by switching off the main safety shut off valve. After that, we cut out the old horizontal pipes in your attic, taking care not to shake the rust from these pipes into the branching lines. Finally, we install new PEX pipe, tying them into the old galvanized or copper stubs.
Although Best Choice technicians are trained to prevent rust from entering the rest of your pressurized potable water system, when we cut through your old galvanized horizontal pipes, some rust will be shaken up in the vertical water distribution pipes in your home. Typically after a horizontal repipe, your sink, bath, and drinking water will be brown when you first turn them on, but will return to normal after you allow the water to run for a few moments. And even though your water will seem clearer, there is still a high chance that there are more rusty pipes in your distribution system, which is why we only recommend horizontal repipes as an immediate fix for attic leaks.
Whole-home repipes are the ultimate solution to stop leaks and have rust-free water to drink, bathe in, wash with, and cook with in your home.
During a whole home repipe, licensed Best Choice plumbers build an entirely new pressurized potable water distribution system for your home. Now, this may sound like a lot of work, and it is, but because we use mainly PEX pipes to build the new system, Best Choice has refined the whole-home repipe process to be as clean and as minimally invasive as possible.
What’s included in a Whole-Home Repipe?
Best Choice's Whole-Home repipes include all new shut-off valves underneath lavatories and toilets; hot and cold supply lines that tie directly into your washer, sink, and shower valves; all new hose bibbs and spigots on the outside of your home; and type-L commercial grade copper hard pipes from your water heaters.
Although we use PEX piping for most of the pipes we install in a whole-home repipe, copper piping is still used anytime we go into or come out of a wall. Why? Because it won’t expand and damage your sheetrock like PEX would. Another reason why we use copper pipes when going outside of your home is that some of PEX pipes’ only mortal enemies are found outside: UV rays and Western conifer seed bug. UV rays from sunlight makes PEX pipes brittle, and some grass feeding insects like the western conifer seed bugs have mouth-pincers strong enough to pierce through PEX.
Best Choice's Whole-Home Repipe Process
Our goal is to make the whole-home repipe process as comfortable for you and your family as possible. So before we begin a whole-home repipe, we communicate with you and your family to work around your schedule. We show up at a time that’s least disruptive for you and leave when you want us to go.
Once we show up to begin a whole-home repipe, we cover up any furniture and areas of your home where we will be working with a dropcloth so that your floor, furniture, and personal items do not get covered in dirt, rust, and sawdust. Before we leave for the day, our service team of technicians will pack everything up- we take our tools, clean our mess, and leave your home at least as livable as we found it.
While we install the PEX pipes that will make up your home’s new potable water distribution system, we leave the old system running so you and your family can still have access to water. In worst case scenarios- if you wait too long to have your home repiped, and your home’s entire pressurized potable water system fails- you and your family may have to stay in a hotel or with a friend, neighbor, or relative.
On the last day of a whole-home repipe, we make the changeover from your home’s old potable water distribution system to your new PEX system. During the changeover, we shut down your home’s old water system with the safety shut off valve, disconnect the old tie-ins to the water service pipe, then tie-in the new system. Depending on the size of your home, the changeover process could take two days. If we determine the changeover cannot be completed in one day, and we have to leave overnight, we will work with your family to changeover the most important faculties first so your family can still bathe, cook, and drink water.
Typically, we leave the old pipes in your home if they’re out of the way. But while we are changing over to the new system, we make sure to drain your old water lines into a bucket before installing and anchoring new copper stub outs to completely rid the system of old rust before changing over to the new potable water distribution system.
Whole-home repipes typically take from two days to an entire week to complete, depending on the size of your home and the type of piping system already in place.
Although PEX is a very cost-effective piping solution, whole-home repipes can be very expensive. But when it comes to the water in your home, we feel that no homeowner should compromise clean water and a safe water delivery system because it’s not immediately affordable, which is why we offer financing solutions to qualifying customers.