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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Re-pipe?

Re-piping is the replacement of the current water pipes in your home with new pipes made from more durable and effective modern materials.

Why do I have to re-pipe my whole house? Can’t you just replace the broken pipe?

Sometimes, the problem is as simple as replacing a damaged or leaking pipe. However, sometimes leaks are an indication of systemic problems within your plumbing. This is especially true if you have a home older than 40 years. As more leaks spring up, you’ll spend more money fixing each individual leak piece by piece than you would by just re-piping your home. Aside from being a more economical long-term decision, re-piping greatly reduces the threat of catastrophic failure where old pipes could burst and flood your home.

Are re-pipes extremely expensive?

Not at all. Dowdy has a great deal of experience with re-pipes and can get the job done quickly and efficiently. Our highly trained technicians and use of the latest technology means that your re-pipe gets done faster and at a lower cost than ever before.

Do I have to leave my house when it’s being re-piped?

You don’t have to leave. Some people choose to for convenience sake, but it’s not required by any means. Though there will be construction going on in your home, we won’t be working in every room and we’ll be gone around the time you get home from work. Overnight, we’ll make sure that water is still turned on to at least one bathroom in your home.

How long will it take to re-pipe my home?

Usually, a re-pipe takes three to five days from start to finish. Of course, this depends on the overall size of your home, but our expert estimators will walk you through the process and tell you exactly what to expect. By the end of the project, you’ll have band new pipes in your home that will last decades and your drywall will be fully repaired. It’s a short inconvenience for long-term peace of mind.

Does Dowdy’s work come with a warranty or a guarantee?

Absolutely! We stand by our work and we are fully licensed, fully bonded, and fully insured. When you hire Dowdy, you’re getting quality you can count on.

Will my water be off for long?

Your water will usually be turned off in the morning and back on again at the end of each working day. Your family will always have access to running water and a bathroom each evening.

Does a re-pipe replace all of my pipes, including toilets?

Usually, a re-pipe only includes the hot and cold water pipes in your home. However, if you’re worried about the waste systems in your home, please let our estimator know and we can provide you with a set of options to address your full concerns.

Do you have to damage my wall paper to re-pipe my home?

We can often find ways to work around your specific needs. Many times we can go through a crawl space or an attic to work on our pipes. However, this often requires more labor and more raw materials. Our estimator will work with you to give you a full and accurate picture of your options.

If I have allergies, should I leave my home during a re-pipe?

Re-piping creates dust and persons with allergies will be much more conformable outside that environment. We will of course cover your home to protect your possessions from debris while we work, but some dust will unavoidably be in the air until we’re finished.

How can I tell if my home has a slab leak?

There are a few tell-tale signs to watch out for:

  • Your water meter dial continues to run while all of your faucets and appliances are off.
  • Your water heater is continuously running, even when no hot water has been used in the house.
  • Your floor is unusually warm in a specific area.
  • Your gas and water bills rise unexpectedly, as a result of the above.

Why can’t you just fix the slab leak directly?

It’s certainly possible to fix the slab leak directly, but this requires tearing up your flooring and using a jackhammer to dig into the foundation of your home. This is quite costly and invasive. More importantly, it doesn’t address the larger problem: a slab leak is usually an indication that your pipes are aging and more leaks are coming. Getting a re-pipe rather than going through the process of having a new leak repaired every few months or weeks will save you time, money, and hassle.

Will we have to replace our sink and shower handles and heads?

In most cases, you can retain your original fixtures without a problem. However, older faucets are prone to new leaks, especially after they’ve been reattached to new pipes. To avoid recurring problems, we recommend replacement of older fixtures at the time you’re having a re-pipe done. But, if you have antique fixtures or just happen to really like the ones you have, we can work with you to find ways to keep them. Just ask our estimators to walk you through your options.

Does my home owners insurance cover water damage?

In most cases, yes, it does. But that coverage may not always cover the full cost of damage and there are circumstances where damage may not be covered. For a free consultation or if you want to receive a quote for water or sewer drainage damage, contact us for flat rate pricing.

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