Whole House Re-pipe Service in Houston, Texas

Is It Time for Pipe Replacement in Your Home?

  • Do you experience low water pressure?
  • Do you get rust colored or yellow water?
  • Do you have pipe leaks in home?
  • Do you have slab leaks?
  • Do you want to prevent all of the above from happening?
  • Do you have galvanized steel pipe?

If your answer is “Yes” to any of these questions…

then you are like thousands of other people in Houston, Texas who need to re-pipe their home.

Whole House RepipeOver the past few years Arrow Plumbing has seen many area homes with pipe failures costing our customers thousands of dollars worth of water damage. We have been finding that pinhole leaks are common in galvanized steel piping, especially in homes built in our area from the early 1970′s to the mid 1980′s. We believe most of the galvanized pipe failures are the result of a combination of the water quality and the imported galvanized steel pipe which was used during this period. The quality of the pipe or galvanizing, or both, apparently did not meet the quality standards of domestic galvanized steel pipe which was previously readily available.

Additionally, increases in chemicals and chlorinates added to the water supply from municipal water treatment systems has sped up the erosion of galvanized and copper water lines from within. Chlorinates etch away at your homes piping causing pinhole leaks to occur in systems. We want to help you make the most educated decision when it comes time to make a more final repair.

Arrow Plumbing offers many re-piping solutions in PEX, Copper and CPVC. Call us today at 281.240.6868, or schedule online your Re-Pipe Consultation.

RePiping Options

Homeowners have several options to choose from to solve in-home pipe leaks

  • Total house re-pipe
  • Partial house re-pipe, consisting of the horizontal piping only, leaving vertical pipes to leak at a later date
  • Patching pinhole leaks as they occur
  • Epoxy lining the interior of the existing pipe

Below is a comparison chart, showing the differences between these options for a pipe leak repair.

Option Pro Con Cost
Total
Re-pipe

Stops leaks immediately.
Arrow Plumbing provides up to a 20 year warranty. Additional 5 Year Warranty if a Whole House Filter is added at the time.

Invasive wall & ceiling repair of Sheetrock and paint. Often takes 4-6 days to complete.

Average Home:
4 bed, 2.5 bath $8,000-$15,000
Partial
Re-pipe

Stops current leaks only. Relatively quick and less invasive. Up to a 10 year warranty on replaced pipes only, not connections to existing piping.

Possibly invasive wall & ceiling repairs
of Sheetrock and paint. Only horizontal
pipes are replaces, leaving vertical pipes
to possibly fail at a later time.
Average Home:
4 bed, 2.5 bath $3,000-$6,000

Patch Pinholes

Stops current leak only. Very quick repairs and with the least damage to home as possible.

Very temporary, as the next section of pipe beyond this repair is usually the next to leak. Moving pipes during repair ofter causes another pipe section to leak once water it turned on.

Average Home:

4 bed, 2.5 bath $300-$500

Epoxy
Lining

Less invasive to home Sheetrock and point in normal circumstances. Typically a 3-4 day process for entire home.

Partial home re-pipe often needed once pipes have been sand blasted because pipes are now too thin to coat. Epoxy clogs causing pipe replacement after the fact. Some sections of piping may not get coated and there is no way to be certain unless a section is cut from pipe to examine.

Average Home:
4 bed, 2.5 bath $8,000-$18,000

Arrow Plumbing offers many re-piping solutions in PEX, Copper and CPVC. Call us today at 281.240.6868, or schedule online your Re-Pipe Consultation.

Additional Thoughts To Consider

PARTIAL RE-PIPE NEGATIVES
We have seen homes which have had a partial re-pipe of the potable water system. For instance, a house that the owner had replaced the horizontal water pipes now has pinhole leaks developing on the vertical pipes. In most cases, the good money spent on the horizontal re-pipe is not saved. The cost to restore the remaining water pipes may be just as costly as if the horizontal had not been replaced. This is due to the fact it may be necessary to separate the new piping from the original piping so that the replaced piping is not damaged in the restoration process. A horizontal only re-pipe is a temporary solution to a continuing problem. Arrow Plumbing typically recommend the replacement of all the affected piping in a home.

EPOXY PIPE LINING NEGATIVES
If you have galvanized pipe, the “corrosion” is the metal from the pipe rusting. This means that the pipes are much thinner than when originally installed. The cleaning system they use will probably result in leaks of these thinner, weaker pipes. When this occurs the ONLY fix will be to perform a partial re-pipe of this area. The only way to confirm this would not happen is to remove a few small sections for destructive testing. We have also seen problems with clogged pipes with the epoxy substance, again causing replacement of effected areas and reduced water volume pressure after the epoxy coating treatment was completed. Arrow Plumbing typically recommend the replacement of all the affected piping in a home.

Arrow Plumbing offers many re-piping solutions in PEX, Copper and CPVC. Call us today at 281.240.6868, or click here to schedule your Re-Pipe Consultation.

Posted on Nov 06, 2012

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