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When to Consider Whole-House Repiping

Plumbing problems are bound to happen now and again as a system gets older. Normally, however, the problem can be fixed with a quick patch job or replacing a pipe or two. It’s rare that you would have to repipe the entire home, though it’s no unheard of. If you’re curious about whether or not you need to repipe your home, read on to find out.


One of the primary reasons that people have their homes repiped is because they want pipes of a different material installed. Plumbing pipes have been made of a great many different materials over the decades, some of which are toxic or just not very effective. If you were to find out that a significant portion of the pipes in your home were made of lead, for example, you would definitely want to have them all replaced as quickly as possible. Or, you may simply want to upgrade to a more reliable material, as from iron to copper. Either way, this is a common reason to undertake repiping.


Plumbing pipes have an expiration date, just like pretty much everything else. The older they get, the more degraded they will become and the more leaks they will spring. Now, how long a pipe lasts will depend on what it’s made of, but for the most part you should consider having your pipes replaced once they get over 50 years old. If you live in an older house, you should definitely have a professional examine your system to make sure that the pipes are in good shape. If not, you should have the place repiped just to make sure.

Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration offers a full range of repiping services throughout Los Alamos, NM. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers.

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