If you have recently learned that you needed to have some repiping done in your California home, you may be worried about your bank account. Maybe you have had plumbing work done before and you fear the cost now. Before you call the plumber, it’s important to understand the difference between a plumber and a repiping specialist. Doing so will save you a lot of time and money.
Plumber or Repiper?
A plumber is someone who will install or repair your plumbing. Yes, they can repipe your house completely, but you’re going to spend far more than you need to. There is also a good chance that you will not get your home repiped all at once because no one may realize it needs done. Instead, your pipes will be replaced as they break and you will pay the minimum service charge every single time they come out to your house.
You can cut to the chase by having the whole system repiped at once. If you live in an older home and you have some of the issues listed below, you may need home repiping.
- Poor water pressure
- Slow drain
- Inconsistent hot water temperatures
A plumber might come in and see that one of your drain lines is made of clay and has finally caved in. They are going to repair that problem and move on. A short time later, you are going to call with another issue or you are still going to be living with existing ones.
When a professional comes out to repipe your house, all of the problems are taken care of at once with no surprises in the billing. It will only take a matter of days before everything is done and you won’t have to worry about repairing your walls or anything else.
Professionals who do repiping do it in a surgical manner. They remove only the drywall that is needed and they repair it before they leave. All of the pipes in your California home will be replaced during this period so you don’t have to worry about return visits. This means you don’t have to pay for housing repairs after the professional leaves and you don’t have to worry about paying for future plumbing service calls.
Many California homes were built with clay drain pipes and metal water lines. Those lines will be replaced with materials that are up to current building codes and you will notice an immediate difference in your plumbing.