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What to Do if You Need to Replace Your Pipes

What do homeowners do if they think they need to replace their pipes? By following these steps, you can get a better sense of the problem and have a firm solution in place.

First, determine the scope of the problem

Before you know what needs to be done, you have to know what the problem is in the first place. It can be helpful at this stage to call in a professional plumber. Someone with expertise can help you determine if that annoying dripping the bathroom or that weird sound in the kitchen is a minor nuisance that can be easily fixed with a wrench, or a major problem like galvanized steel pipes contaminating your water.

Next, make sure you read up on local laws

Many states, counties and municipalities have specific guidelines regarding what can and can't be installed inside a private residence. For instance, it stands to reason that many places won't allow you to put in place lead pipes or make changes that might affect the city sewer system without official approval.

When in doubt, be sure to run any and all potential changes with local officials to ensure that you aren't running afoul of any laws.

Then, establish a budget

This is key, as it's important to get a sense of what you're getting yourself into before embarking on any major plumbing project. Consider not just the amount being spent up front, but also any potential issues that could spring up down the road from an initial decision.

Remember, metal pipes contract and expand with major temperature changes. Be sure to keep all variables in mind when establishing a budget.

Lastly, call a professional plumber to finish the job

Replacing pipes is a big challenge  and it's one best left up to a professional. By calling a professional plumber to lead the effort, you can be sure that your pipe replacement work is done with professionalism and care.



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