5 Signs You Need to Repipe Your Florida Home

Unfortunately, your home’s plumbing won’t last forever. But if you’re smart, you’ll replace your piping before they corrode and burst, saving you about $5,092 in water damage.

Not sure of the status of your piping? Well, some signs that your Florida home needs a repipe include:

  • Frequent pipe leaks
  • Your home is over 40 years old
  • Pipes show visible signs of corrosion
  • Rust-colored water from your water appliances
  • You have polybutylene pipes

Let’s take a closer look…

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Sign 1: Frequent pipe leaks

The most obvious sign that your pipes are rusting through and need to be replaced is recurring pipe leaks.

So how many leaks are too many? Well, there’s no exact science but if you get 3 or more leaks in less than 6 months, your pipes most likely need to be replaced.

Signs that you have a leak in your home’s plumbing include:

  • Low water pressure
  • Higher-than-normal water bills with no change in water usage
  • Mold and mildew (smell or visible signs)

One way to test for any leaks in your plumbing is to turn off all water appliances in the house and outdoors (sprinklers, hoses, etc.). Then locate and watch the numbers on your home’s water meter. If the numbers go up after 20-30 minutes, you have a leak. And the faster those numbers go up, the larger the leak.

Note: Copper piping in the Florida area is especially vulnerable to recurring pinhole leaks (corrosion that breaks through the surface of piping), so keep an eye out for bluish-greenish corrosion on copper piping.

Sign 2: Your home is over 40 years old

If your home was built over 40 years ago, there’s a good chance that your home’s pipes (except for PVC piping) have started corroding.

In Florida, the rule-of-thumb lifespan of various piping are:

  • Brass: 40-70 years
  • Galvanized steel: 20-50 years
  • Cast iron: 25-30 years
  • Copper: 10-20 years
  • PVC: indefinitely

Sign 3: Visible signs of corrosion

If you notice widespread signs of corrosion on your home’s piping, you probably need to think about repiping your home.

If you have any exposed piping in your home, check for visible signs of corrosion, which include:

  • Bluish-greenish tinting (on copper piping)
  • Rust colored powder or marking
  • Discolorations of any kind
  • Flaking
  • Dimpling

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An example of visible corrosion on residential piping.

Sign 4: Rust-colored water

If you have steel or iron piping and notice rust-colored water coming from your water appliances, your pipes might be rusted and need replacing. Keep in mind that if the rust-colored water only comes with hot water, the cause could be a rusted out water heater—not your home’s piping.

If you see rust only in your hot water, then check the status of your water heater’s anode rod. You may need a professional to do this if you’ve never done this on your own. If the anode rod is rusted out, the rust is most likely coming from the inside of your water heater. Replace your water heater as soon as possible if this is the case.

If you see rust from both your hot and cold water taps, you most likely have corroded piping.

To determine whether the rust is coming from your home or the municipal water supply, get a professional to inspect your home’s plumbing.

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The inside of a severely corroded pipe that produces rust-colored water.

Sign 5: You have polybutylene pipes

If you have polybutylene piping, we highly recommend that you replace them as soon as possible. Polybutylene is an inexpensive, flexible plastic that was used for residential piping from 1978 to 1995. Because it’s extremely vulnerable to rupturing (which ultimately led to a Class Action settlement), it’s no longer accepted by U.S. building codes.

How to tell if you have polybutylene pipes: If your pipes are white plastic and include the letters “PB” in the printed label, you have polybutylene pipes.

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