Some of the best home upgrades you can invest in take place behind the scenes. From new windows to new plumbing, each adds instant value to the house while helping you save money throughout the year. Whether you are moving into a brand new home or you have called it your own for years, new plumbing will prevent the development of leaks and the growth of mold, all while better insulating your hot water. However, before you begin installing your new plumbing system, here are six things you need to know ahead of time.
1. Know When It’s Time
Check your exposed pipes at least once annually. If you notice any flaking, discoloration, dimpling or wet spots it’s a sign of age and wear. Additionally, if you have brown or yellow water it means your pipes are beginning to physically break down.
2. Current Material
Before you move into a home make sure to have the plumbing professionally inspected. This is to not only make sure the plumbing is up to code but so that you know what the current material is. Copper and PVC are two common modern materials used. However, in older homes, you may have lead piping used. Lead is an incredibly durable material, which is why it may still be in use. However, it can also contaminate your drinking water. Professional inspections of the material will let you know what problems you may face and can identify if you need to have the entire system replaced even if there is no physical sign of a problem.
3. Consider the Outside Drainage
Most of your attention will naturally fall on the drainage and incoming lines to your property. Many of the biggest and most expensive problems stem from the drainage lines on the exterior of the house. If you have noticed saturated ground around your property, wet spots in the basement or water that does not drain as quickly as it once did from multiple drains in the house, it likely means there is a problem with the outside system. You may need to invest in new exterior plumbing in addition to interior repairs.
4. New Material Options
Now that you have decided you need new pipes, you will need to decide which material to go with. Copper is one of the easiest materials to work with, but it is also one of the most expensive (costs will fluctuate based on market value). PVC is an alternative material that is also highly durable but does not come with the same price tag. Other types of metal pipes are available, including cast iron and aluminum.
5. New Routes
When talking with your plumbing team, know that the current routes of the pipes doesn’t necessarily mean these routes need to be taken again. In fact, the plumbers may identify a better way to install the pipes that uses less material and better insulates your pipes.
6. Scrap Old Materials
If your old pipes are made from copper you may be able to make some money by scrapping the removed material, which helps pay for the new upgrade.
Before you move forward with new pipes, make sure to take each one of these above points into careful consideration. It will help educate you on what you currently have installed and what kind of upgrades may prove most beneficial. However, if you’re ready to begin the new plumbing installation, have questions about your current setup or want to know more about the company, feel free to give the team at Russell & LeMay a call at your earliest convenience.