The Cost of Re-Piping

If you are experiencing low water pressure in your house, or brown water coming out of your pipes, then it might be time to replace the plumbing in your home. These problems are likely due to corrosion in your current pipes. This could lead to much larger and costly problems such as large leaks and water damage, both to your home and your home’s foundation.

Re-piping a house means replacing the current, faulty pipes in your home with new pipes. Most likely, this will involve minimal cuts in your walls. A small trench will also have to be dug out to your water meter.

All damage to your yard and inside your home will be repaired by the plumbing contractor before they finish up the job.

The Cost of Re-Piping

Re-piping your home is a costly job. You will want to plan ahead for a full house re-pipe as soon as you see signs of faulty pipes.

It is not something you will want to schedule on a whim. Leaving your pipes in a state of disrepair will likely cause significantly more damage, catch you off guard, and be much more expensive to repair down the road.

Determining the exact costs of a full house re-piping requires a few considerations. The price of a re-piping will vary dramatically depending on the size of the home, the materials the home is made of, and how many bathrooms, kitchens, and faucets the home has.

Another big factor in determining the cost is how many stories the house has. So a two-story home will cost more to re-pipe than a single-story home.

The largest factor in determining the cost of re-piping your home will most likely be the type of material you choose for your new pipes. Typically, your plumber will present you with two options, copper or Cross-Linked Polyethylene (more commonly called PEX).

Copper Piping

Copper pipes are the more expensive option, as copper is a globally traded commodity. Usually costing between two and three times as much as PEX pipes. Another factor in copper being more expensive is that using copper pipes requires more labor since copper is not as easy to work with as PEX is.

The advantages of using copper pipes is that they can last for decades. They also have a lifespan of around 50 years before needing to be replaced..


PEX pipes are a less expensive option than copper pipes for a few reasons. It is a cheaper material, costing around half of what cooper would cost. The installation of PEX pipes will also be much cheaper because PEX is a lot easier to work with, easier to resize, and can be pulled and bent where needed. Copper pipes, on the other hand, have to be much more precise. This, in turn, speeds up the whole installation process, costing you less money in labor.

What’s Best for Your Home?

If it’s time for you to re-pipe your home, then you should start with a comprehensive inspection. That will determine if your home is a candidate, and then you can move forward to explore your options.

Contact the re-piping specialists at Forrest Anderson to learn more about taking this important step in the health of your home. We’ll walk you through the process and get you back up and running good as new.


Reverse Osmosis Makes Drinking Water Safer

Buying and maintaining your home takes a lot of care and effort, and the rewards are priceless. Feeling relaxed and safe in your little nest is something we all need, and many households spend a lot of their budget on alarm systems or video surveillance. While this can help us feel secure, there can be other dangers lurking inside your abode that are not so apparent.

Think about your drinking water.

Most Americans drink directly from their tap, and generally the EPA considers this to be safe. But nearly 70 million Americans are believed to have a toxin called hexavalent chromium-6, or chromium-6, in their drinking water. Chromium-6 is no joke.

It is considered a carcinogen and has been linked to kidney and liver damage, asthma, and cancer of the lung, stomach, and throat.

When Art Imitates Life

In Julia Robert’s portrayal of Erin Brockovich in her namesake’s film from 2000, Brockovich uncovers the dangers of this toxic chemical that was disposed of improperly by a manufacturer in Hinkley, CA.

The toxin leeched into the groundwater and spread, causing clusters of health problems in a nearby town.

Brockovich was able to expose this particular case, but chromium-6 still pervades many areas. Though cities and towns work hard to keep drinking water safe, there are levels that exceed the EPA’s public health goal of .02 parts per billion and Arizona was noted to have some of the highest levels of chromium-6 in the United States, with Phoenix being specifically impacted.

While our government allows such toxins in places like steel and thermal cutting factories, the public must rely on the safe practices of manufacturers to keep our water clean. Unfortunately, with the rising costs of labor and materials in our world today, many safety measures are overlooked as businesses struggle to produce products faster and cheaper.

Reverse Osmosis Can Protect Your Family

Fortunately, as a homeowner, there is something you can do to directly protect yourself and your family. The most effective way to reduce chromium-6 from your drinking water is by installing a filter that uses reverse-osmosis technology.

Reverse osmosis has been around since the 1970s and works by pumping water across a membrane at high pressure. The membrane filters the water of chromium-6 and other chemicals you don’t want to be drinking like lead and even arsenic. Buying a reverse-osmosis filter is easy—and you could be drinking safe water right away!

Forrest Anderson, your HVAC and plumbing company in Phoenix, will safely install the best reverse-osmosis system for you. We know we have the best technology to protect you, and we can work within your budget to get you the top system at the best value.

While many people use carbon filters, which remove a small amount of chemicals, using a reverse-osmosis system will give you the purest results by removing the most toxic particles that can result in serious health issues.

Water is our most precious resource, and our well being depends on the supply to be as pure as possible. Why not consider taking some simple steps to protect you and your family from the environmental hazards that are out there?

Reverse-osmosis filtration systems are the best way to make your household water safe so that you can relax and enjoy all the comforts of home. Forrest Anderson can provide you with a reverse osmosis water softener and protect your family.


Benefits of Re-Piping

Having strong pipes, clean water, no leaks, and strong, high-pressure water—even while someone is showering—is something we all take for granted. That is, until a problem arises.

If you are experiencing rust or dirt in your water, watermarks on your walls or ceiling, or very low water pressure—especially while someone in the house is showering—then you should consider re-piping your house.

Here are a few common questions you will likely have if you have faulty pipes in your home.

What are the Benefits of Re-Piping?

Replacing an old, faulty pipe system offers many benefits such as stronger water pressure throughout your house, allowing multiple people to use water at the same time. There is also the added benefit of having clean, clear drinking water and no more leaks (saving hundreds on your water bill)!

The biggest benefit of all might be the peace of mind obtained by not having to worry about a major pipe malfunction. Especially if it’s happened to a few other houses in your neighborhood.

Why not just fix the leak; why re-pipe the whole house? While patching a leaky pipe can be a quick fix and a short-term solution for your problems, it’s likely that your whole piping system is starting to fail. Especially if your pipes are old or if you live in an older home.

While the pipes in your home will last a long time (decades, even), they do corrode and need regular replacement. Re-piping your whole home all at once offers peace of mind from what could be an upcoming bigger problem. Saving you from the potential cost of tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

How Much Work Is Re-Piping?

Re-piping a whole house takes a lot of work, but it’s not overly complicated work. A re-pipe will generally start at your water meter and end at your faucets, such as your sinks and toilets.

Some walls in your house will have to be cut in the process, but don’t worry, those will be easily repaired.

How Long Does Re-Piping Take?

Re-piping an entire house usually takes 3–5 days, depending on the size of the home. Water can be restored to at least one bathroom within eight hours. You can absolutely remain in your home during a re-piping.

If you prefer not to have technicians in your home while you’re there, then they can come while you’re at work. There is no need for you to relocate during the process unless you wish to.

How Much Damage to My Home Will There Be?

When re-piping your home, contractors will dig a small trench in your yard to replace the pipe running from the water meter to your house. While inside of your house, they will likely have to cut holes in walls leading to your faucets. However, they will avoid cutting walls whenever possible.

Total damage done to your house is kept to a minimum. Grass and dirt in your yard will be replaced and almost unnoticeable when finished. Any holes in your walls will be filled, and the texture will be retouched so the cuts are no longer visible.

A properly performed re-piping will restore strong water pressure throughout your house. It will also make your water clean and clear. As well as cut out any water loss due to leaking pipes. Saving you money one your water bill and reduce potential for water damage to your home.

A re-piping can be a quick and generally hassle-free experience. There will be minimal effect to your overall quality of life, while offering peace of mind for years to come.

If you think your home might be ready to be re-piped, then there’s no need to continue to wonder. Instead, call Forrest Anderson!

We’ll come to your home and take a look at your pipes. Then we’ll make a recommendation and move forward to get your home plumbing back up to speed.