While copper repiping of a home is a time consuming, laborious and expensive project, the benefits are multi-fold. The Homeowner may be able to alleviate some of the concerns of doing this by performing some of the work themselves.
If you have recently noticed an extreme drop in water pressure within your house, or even leaky pipes, it is probably time to consider copper repiping. Brown, foul smelling tap water, weak water pressure and leaky faucets are all signs that your old zinc and iron piping system has accumulated too much rust and is now contaminating your water. When this begins to happen, there is not much you can do but repipe your house with copper pipes. Why copper you ask? Copper pipes are way more durable than any other material, they are easy to manipulate and bend to fit the curvatures of your house, and they do not rust like iron. Repiping your house with copper pipes may be a costly job, but it is an investment that will last for a long time, and save you tons of worry.
If you repipe your house on your own, you can save money by not having to pay the expensive labor costs. Deciding to repipe your entire house is a huge undertaking that should not be made lightly. If you have no prior experience working with piping, it is absolutely necessary that you do research online and try to talk to a professional to get some advice. The first step to copper repiping on your own is buying the copper pipes. You have to make sure that you buy enough (and if you are repiping your entire house, it will be a lot), as well as the right fittings. Fittings are small parts that connect the longer straight parts, such as corners and adapters. This is an area where a professional's opinion would be extremely helpful so you don't run into problems down the line.
Instead of removing all the old piping and starting with your copper repiping from scratch, do the copper piping alongside the old zinc and iron pipes. This way you can mimic the pattern and not get lost along the way. Before installing the pipes you have to clean them with some special chemicals before you solder them. If you have little or no experience with this, you might want to hire a professional to handle this part. A common mistake that people make is mixing up their cold and hot water pipes. Double check that the hot water and cold water pipes are attached to the right spots before you plaster up the walls.
Although repiping yourself may seem like the most cost efficient method, often times you end up paying more in damages and repairs for your own faulty job. Do the smart thing and make the costly investment by hiring a professional. Even if you save $5,000 dollars by doing it yourself, you could compromise the durability or functionality of your pipes.