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An Affordable Plumbing Guide to Repairing vs. Replacing
April 28, 2021 at 9:30 PM
Affordable plumbing in the Bronx.

Your plumbing system may be unseen, but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. We take it for granted that our plumbing will work the way we need it, which is why it’s so stressful when an issue arises. Not only is a plumbing problem disruptive, but it can also be costly and time-consuming to repair. Any system in your home can grow old and start breaking down more frequently. As your plumbing ages, it may be time to replace critical parts instead of simply repairing them. When you work with a trustworthy Bronx contractor, affordable plumbing repair will ensure you can take your plumbing for granted for decades to come.

Consider the lifespan of your pipes.

Depending on the age of your home, your plumbing system may be approaching the end of its natural lifespan. Materials break down, no matter how well crafted or professionally installed. But not all pipes are made equal, and lifestyle choices can affect how long they last.

  • Copper pipes last for around 70 to 80 years.
  • Brass and galvanized steel can last for over a century.

If your home’s construction dates to the early 20th century and still has the original plumbing, replacement may be in your future. But other factors can shorten the lifespan of your plumbing, even if your home is less than a half-century old.

  • Using caustic chemical drain cleaners
  • The presence - or quality - of pipe insulation
  • Hard water and the overall water quality in your home

These factors can damage the plumbing of your home, requiring more frequent repairs and eventual replacement.

Signs you need to stop repairing minor problems and opt for replacement.

It’s undeniable that getting repairs is the more affordable plumbing option. But if you’ve added your plumber to your phone contacts, it might be time to acknowledge there’s something more systemic going on with your home. Here are some indicators it’s time to replace your plumbing instead of paying for nickel and dime repairs.

  • The water is brown when you first turn it on, indicating rust. When rust is present in the water, it means the pipes are deteriorating from within.
  • Your plumbing is a pre-1980s relic. Some components may contain lead, and they can’t compete with the quality of modern materials.
  • Repairs aren’t fixing the problem. You’re sinking money into a faulty system if you’re repairing leaks every other month or fixing one thing breaks another.

When you’re facing yet another stressful issue with your plumbing, it's hard to devote the time and money to replace your pipes. But in the long run, it’ll save you not only more hassle but more money.

Affordable plumbing replacements you might try.

There are affordable plumbing options if you’re not ready to replace all of your home’s pipes just yet. These tricks will put you on track for updating your home without causing the same disruption to your routine.

  • Replace exposed pipes first. The most considerable expense in replacing plumbing is opening the walls. Starting with exposed plumbing addresses the problem without needing extensive drywall work.
  • Combine your plumbing replacement with a remodel. Instead of repairing a wall that you hate, take the opportunity to renovate your house into the home of your dreams–don’t forget to replace the pipes.

Working with a trustworthy, affordable plumber means you’ll get high-quality work done without undue expense.

Make an appointment with Revive Home for affordable plumbing repair and replacement.

The Revive Home team has a combined 45 years of experience renovating and constructing homes in the Bronx and surrounding communities. We offer a wide range of services beyond plumbing, including full renovations. Whatever your home needs for you to fall back in love with it, we can do it!

Make an appointment for your free quote, and we’ll help you decide if your plumbing needs a simple repair or if it’s time for a complete replacement.