Whole-Home Repiping in Northern Virginia & Washington, DC
United Air Temp is a trustworthy provider of quality home comfort solutions for families in the DC metro area.
As a leader in home services since 1931, UAT has continually adapted to meet the evolving needs of the homeowners we serve, including plumbing services like whole-home repiping.
With our plumbing expertise, the latest tools and techniques, and a commitment to customer satisfaction, United Air Temp is your go-to source for repiping solutions.
What Is Repiping?
Repiping is the process of replacing old, faulty plumbing pipes throughout your home.
Many houses have outdated piping materials, such as polybutylene, lead, cast-iron, and galvanized steel, which can degrade over time and cause several plumbing issues.
At United Air Temp, we specialize in replacing these materials with modern, durable alternatives, giving you safer water supply pipes for your DC-area home.
Signs You Need Repiping
Recognizing when your DC home requires repiping is crucial for maintaining its plumbing integrity. Aging pipes can lead to a variety of issues that affect the condition of your pipes and your personal health.
Key signs you may need repiping include:
- Frequent leaks: Regular leaks can be a sign of deteriorating pipes.
- Discolored water: Brown or yellow water often suggests you have pipe corrosion.
- Low water pressure: Reduced pressure can be caused by scale buildup or leaks.
- Noisy pipes: Whistling or rattling sounds can indicate loose pipe fasteners or worn washers.
- Age of pipes: Homes over 50 years old with original piping likely need an update.
Pipe Repair vs. Pipe Replacement
It can be difficult for some homeowners to know if they need water supply pipe repair or replacement. The best solution depends on several factors, including:
- The age of your pipes
- Pipe material
- The frequency and severity of your pipe problems
- The extent of the pipe damage
At UAT, our team can help you make the best decision for your home’s needs.
How Long Do Pipes Typically Last?
The life span of pipes varies depending on the material.
- Galvanized steel pipes: 40 to 50 years
- Brass pipes: 40 to 70 years
- Copper pipes: 50 years or more
- Cast iron pipes: 75 to 100 years
- PVC pipes: 100 years or more
- PEX pipes: 30 to 50 years
- Polybutylene pipes: 10 to 15 years
Why Choose United Air Temp?
At UAT, we offer 24/7 emergency repair, so we’re always ready to help with urgent plumbing issues.
We aim to make every homeowner we serve a lifetime customer, and we’re committed to serving our local communities with quality craftsmanship and satisfaction guaranteed.
Our highly trained plumbers, transparent pricing, and precise scheduling make us the ideal choice for your whole-home repiping needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's wrong with polybutylene piping?
Polybutylene piping is be prone to breakage and leaks due to its reaction with oxidants in the water supply.
This issue can lead to significant plumbing failures, making polybutylene repiping a necessary upgrade for many homes. You should always replace poly-B pipes instead of repairing them.
How do you recognize polybutylene pipes?
Polybutylene pipes are typically gray, blue, or black and can be identified by the stamped code “PB2110.”
Check for poly-B pipes if you home was built between the 1970s and 1990s.
How do I prepare my home for a repipe?
When you’re preparing for a repipe, you need to clear the work areas, ensuring easy access to pipes.
You’ll also need to plan ahead to use a minimal amount of water during the repipe, so you may consider temporarily relocating.
What is the repiping process?
The repiping process involves removing drywall to access old pipes. Your plumber will remove the old pipes and install new ones. They’ll patch or replace the drywall so it can be painted.
This job can take several days depending on the size of your home and the complexity of the job.
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