How do you decide whether to replace or repair your home water system? Well, many property owners face this question every year when their water service lines break down. It may not be easy to tell whether doing repairs would be a more sensible option, or if you have to overhaul the entire water system. It can be very painful spending money unwisely, so here are 4 crucial factors to consider when choosing between repairs and replacements.
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The materials used in a home water system in Charlotte County
Deciding whether or not to repair or replace your water system in Charlotte County depends heavily on what materials are used to construct your current system.
PVC: The most frequently used service lines in the Charlotte County area. PVC or CPVC tubing is a great option but can get brittle over time and once this starts happening it can only take something small to cause a leak or break. PVC or CPVS are great because they are easily replaced or repaired.
Copper: Because of the corrosiveness of the water in the area, copper piping deteriorates over about a 10-year period.
Galvanized or Lead: Galvanized piping should not be used in the Port Charlotte area due to rusting almost the moment it comes into contact with water. Both lead and galvanized piping are no longer legal, too, and therefore cannot be repaired and must be replaced. The most sensible option would be to replace the entire system with a PVC infrastructure.
Age of the home water system
If your home water service system is the equipment installed during construction, older than 10 years and has been in the sun for that amount of time, doing repairs would be costly and a pointless affair. After 10 years, you are likely to see breaks and deterioration almost everywhere and the cost of repairing them may exceed the cost of total replacements. Also, metal and plastics become more brittle with age and fitting it to newer materials may be a very tricky affair – it may not work. Leaks will develop at the very spot you have attempted repairs. In light of these factors, replacing your home water systems would be the best way to go.
History of repairing your home water system
A history of previous repairs calls for a complete overhaul of the entire system. The process of repairing those pipes and faucets predisposes them to more breaks in the future. You may end up performing several repairs in the course of the year, and it could cost you more than you would have paid to replace the water system.
You need to exercise due diligence before calling for repairs, even if it is just one simple leak. If you repair the leak, it is likely to occur again, and here is where it gets worse. The cost of two separate repairs may easily supersede that of a water line replacement, the first time the leak occurred.
Cost comparison between home water system repairs and replacements
Perhaps the most important factor to consider when choosing between repairs and replacement is the costs. Whether you choose to repair or replace, some things remain constant, that is, labor costs, tools and equipment, and restoration fees. Consequently, there would be very little difference in costs between repairs and replacements. You would rather go the replacement route.
But while the cost of carrying out repairs may be lower than a complete replacement, choosing to repair has the inherent risk of incurring more costs in the near future. A repaired water line is likely to break down sooner than later, and you will have to repeat the process. Eventually, you will have the entire system creaking and leaking at every joint, hence, requiring a total replacement.
Whichever argument you may put forth, it is never a wise decision to repair an old out of date home water systems. Considering the accumulated costs of the inevitable subsequent repairs, and advancements in technology it would make sense to replace the entire home water system and enjoy your peace for the next 10-20 years.
If you need more info or require an expert assessment of your home water systems, don't hesitate to contact us.