Considerations in Replacing Your Home Plumbing

plumbing-replacementAll plumbing systems age, and if you stay in one home long enough, chances are you will need maintenance and/or plumbing replacement services. Older plumbing systems are designed to last anywhere from 20-50 years, with newer systems engineered to last even longer. For superior quality home plumbing repipe services in the Portland, OR & Beaverton, OR areas, D&F Plumbing, Heating and Cooling is here to serve you.

If you are unsure of the current condition of your plumbing system, give us a call and we will be happy to conduct a thorough inspection then provide recommendations to either maintain or repair your current system.  Below you will find a brief description of the factors that most influence the need for plumbing replacement or home plumbing repipe for your property.

Factors in Plumbing Replacement & Home Plumbing Repipe

  • Age & Materials: The biggest factors that influence the need for plumbing system repairs or replacement are the age of your plumbing system, and the materials used to construct it. Brass and copper supply piping are only designed to last 40-60 years before plumbing repipe is needed. Cast iron and steel plumbing systems are designed to last 75-100 years and even longer with sound installation.
  • Warning Signs: If you experience breakage, corrosion, rust or any other warning signs that may indicate a compromised plumbing system, a complete plumbing repipe may be in your best interest. A plumbing system disaster has the potential to cause significant damage to the entirety of your home as the devastation is typically never just contained to the plumbing itself. Often times, those who experience a major plumbing system malfunction end up dealing with serious water damage that requires thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs from various contracting professionals.
  • Lead in Piping: Over time, plumbing codes have changed and evolved as best practices in the field of plumbing have been improved upon. Some older plumbing systems were constructed with materials that contain lead. Although lead piping materials are no longer being used, there are still countless homes that have been built using these dangerous materials. If you think your pipes may contain lead, or if you aren’t sure, call D&F Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to discern the truth about your plumbing today.

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