Not all plumbing is hidden behind the walls. In some situations, such as older houses, exposed pipes run to and from the fixtures. There are pros and cons to having exposed pipes, both when it comes to functionality and home aesthetic. Knowing what to expect will help you determine whether you will want to keep the exposed pipes in your home, or to replace them.
First, the biggest benefit to having exposed plumbing is its accessibility. Without being concealed, the pipes are much easier to get to when it comes to maintenance and repairs. This is especially true for homeowners that need a quick DIY fix. This won’t just save on time, but it will save a call to a professional, and it won’t require tearing out the wall just to get to the pipes.
Next, because the pipes are exposed, you can catch a leak much quicker than if they were hidden. If you can see the leak, then you can also see its source. Spotting and stopping leaks is essential to prevent serious water damage, and the sooner it is taken care of, the better.
Both situations certainly help with the cost of repairs. Replacing the pipes becomes a less stressful job because you won’t have to pay for just the parts and labor, but you will also need to pay to replace the parts of the wall that were damaged or removed.
There are some drawbacks to having exposed pipes. Plumbing is much more protected when they are placed behind walls. When pipes are exposed, they can be accidentally bumped, knocked or scraped. If the impact is hard enough, it can create a leak.
Cleanliness is also a big concern for homeowners with exposed pipes. Not only are the pipes creating more surfaces that need to be wiped down, but they can also be in the way, making some spots more difficult to clean.
Some homes may not give you much of a choice whether your pipes will be exposed or hidden. This could be a nuisance for some, but others will embrace it for the unique look they can provide. While bulky pipes might be an eyesore, thinner copper pipes can be aesthetically pleasing and can play into the room’s decor, particularly if they are paired with exposed brick.
Exposed pipes may not be for everybody, but some homeowners have embraced the idea, taking the good with the bad. For more information on exposed pipes and whether they are a good fit for your home, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.