There is never a good time to have a plumbing issue, and while fixing some problems can be much easier than fixing others, re-piping a home involves a commitment of time, energy, and resources. This article will look at when this process is needed and provide some tips to keep expectations realistic.
Reasons For Replacing a Water Line
There can be several reasons why replacing the pipes in a home may be necessary. If the house is older and has lead pipes, replacing them could be a health and safety issue. Lead is a naturally occurring metal in the environment and was a common material used for water pipes in homes and businesses in the past. Because it was malleable and inexpensive, lead appeared to be the perfect metal for pipes and other household items, at least initially.
At the turn of the 20th century, concerns regarding the safety of lead were first raised, and at that time, many standard products that people came into contact with daily were created using lead. The continued use of lead piping continued until the 1970s in the U.S., and as late as the 1980s, the United States was still the world’s leading consumer of lead and lead-based products, like paint.