Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Does Your Home Need a Repipe?

There are many feared phrases that can arise when doing a home remodel. Needing a plumbing repipe is one of them. Repipes has earned a reputation for being extensive, costly, and can extend the timeline for any project. For that reason, most homeowners want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not they truly need a repipe service or if a line repair is a better choice.

There's great news for homeowners. There are several ways to tell whether or not a repipe is in your near future or if plumbing repairs are the right choice. In this brief article, we'll cover the top warning signs that your home needs a repipe from your plumber Indianapolis.

Bubbling Wallpaper

If you start to see signs of bubbling wallpaper or wallpaper that is lifting away from the wall, this is a sign of moisture. When moisture is trapped behind the walls, the adhesive on the wallpaper starts to lift. It will start out as small bubbles at first and grow larger over time. If you start to notice your wallpaper doing unusual things, it may be time to contact the plumber. 

Noisy Plumbing 

Noisy plumbing pipes are also an indication that there is an issue within the system. Some of this noise is directly related to leaking water, while others may be due to corrosion.

Discolored Water 

The number one sign that you need to consider a repipe for your home is discolored water. Discolored water is a sign of rust happening within your plumbing pipes and is extremely common for homes that are 50 to 60 years or older.

Low Unbalanced Water Pressure

Unbalanced water pressure is usually a sign of a water leak somewhere in the system. When too many leaks are present, plumbers often recommend a repipe to solve the problem completely. Otherwise, fixing one leak may just lead to needing repairs down the road to fix a subsequent leak. Low water pressure can occur at the sink, in the tub, or even your toilet.

Mold or Mildew

The presence of mold or mildew signals a sign of a water leak. This isn't always a sign of needing a repipe, but it does indicate that there's a line leak somewhere behind your walls. Leak detection tests can be done to determine the severity and location of the leak. This can also help plumbers determine whether or not a full repipe or room repipe is necessary.


It's easy to ignore problems with your plumbing until they are massive inconveniences. Plumbing pipes are usually behind walls, under your home—safely tucked away. However, if you are experiencing any of the troublesome signs listed above, you shouldn't wait. Contact your plumber ASAP for a leak detection test and a pipe inspection to determine the quality of your home's pipes.

It's important to remember that repipes don't necessarily mean your entire home. It can just mean repiping your bathroom or kitchen. Depending on the severity of leaks, and location, your plumber May determine that either a single room or your whole home may need to be repiped. Often the need to repipe is found during home remodels and renovations.


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