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04 May

What Is a Plumbing Reroute, and When Is It Necessary?

Your plumbing is the cardiovascular system of your house. Just like your veins and arteries, the pipes deliver water to the water-dependent rooms of your house, such as the kitchen or bathroom, keeping them functioning. A blockage in this system can affect daily activities, such as taking a shower, washing the dishes, or flushing the toilet.

Because of how much we use these pipes daily, you can expect leaks at some point. However, sometimes fixing a leak is not possible or it doesn’t make financial sense and you may need to consider plumbing reroute.

Plumbing Reroute: When and How

Rerouting pipes are often the most cost-effective solution in case of a slab leak. Slab leaks occur when a pipe underneath a home’s slab foundation has a leak and water is seeping into the ground. Fixing the slab leak would require breaking through the concrete slabs with a jackhammer. But, this option is quite invasive and can cause more damage than good. That’s why your plumber may suggest rerouting your pipes instead.

Plumbing rerouting means that the plumber will find a new entry and exit point for your pipes and start repiping from there. That way, the leaky pipes that run under the slabs will be cut from the system completely.

Where the pipes will be rerouted depends on many factors, such as the size of your home or the code. Most often, pipes are rerouted through the attic, although the walls and ceilings are good options too. In some cases, it might make more sense to keep the pipes outside and reroute them by digging trenches or tunnels under the house.

How Much Will It Cost

Rerouting your plumbing might sound like a costly process, but it’s far less expensive and invasive than digging through the concrete slabs. While the plumbers may have to drill through drywall to reroute the pipes through your attic, for example, the damage is usually kept to a minimum.

The cost of rerouting pipes is significantly less too. Because of the complexity of digging into a home’s concrete slabs and the destruction it can cause to a house’s foundation, fixing a slab leak can cost up to $15,000. Moreover, sometimes, the leak is not fixable, and you may need to replace your plumbing completely, which can add to the costs. Rerouting your pipes, on the other hand, can cost as little as $200 if they are very short or as much as $5,000 for more complex jobs.

Can We Help?

If you are experiencing any problems with your pipes, call the professionals at Anytime Plumbing. Our plumbers will identify the issue, assess the health of the pipes, and recommend the best solution.

Call us now at 831-431-6593 or use the form on our website to schedule service.

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