We all hope for the best case scenario that if we see issues beginning to arise with our plumbing that it will be a simple and cost-effective fix. Sometimes that’s just not the case and plumbing pipes need a total replacement. It is important to know the signs to look out for so you can tell when it is time for your pipes to be replaced so you can be prepared for the process.
Sometimes the signs of replacement aren’t immediately obvious, but lucky for homeowners, cracks are not one of those signs. Having a crack in your pipes is pretty easy to find as you will see the water being leaked from the crack in the pipes. If the crack isn’t in an obvious spot or is hidden somewhere like under the floors or int he walls you will be able to see water damage beginning to form on the wall or wherever the location fo that cracked pipe is. It is best not to ignore any “wet” spots in your home that could be the result of a cracked pipe. Not only is this a clear indication of water damage that can be not just damaging but expensive to fix, it can also begin the process of mold and mildew growth posing a hazard for you and your family.
Pipes don’t always have to crack or bust to leak, but leaking is a sign that it is time to replace your pipes. Leaks can be a result of a simple loose connection in which case your plumber may be able to jsut fix the issue. If not, there could be more damage from the built up pressure of the leak making the pipes in worse shape and your plumber may suggest a replacement altogether.
If your pipes seem to always stay clogged up it may be as simple as telling family to watch what they put down the drain or it may be your pipes corroding from the inside out. Glavanized steel pipes are the most common material of piping known for corrosion and once that sets in it is only a matter of time before a replacement is needed to get your pipes flowing freely again.
Whether you’re running a load of laundry, doing the dishes, taking a bath, or brushing your teeth you expect the water from your faucet to come out crystal clear. Sometimes the water that comes out is less than perfect and can have a yellow or brown color to it with sediment mixed in. Having water that is discolored in this way can be a temporary problem with the line especially if you have water throught the city and it is going through maintenance. After a quick call to your water supplier, if the problem is not with them or doesn’t resolve within a day or so it may be time to start investigating your pipes. Discolored water isn’t safe for drinking or using at all because it can be a sign of corrosion or rust in your pipes and it is time for a prompt replacement.
Old and Dangerous
Sometimes it’s best to just bite the bullet and replace pipes taht have become old or outdated before a major issue occurs. Some older homes may still be using lead plumbing pipes which can lead to elad poisoning anf be dangerous to you and your family. There are many health issues related directly to the exposure of lead and still today around 10 million homes have lead plumbing pipes. It is better to be safe than sorry by having your piping inspected to be sure they aren’t lead. With that being said, when you have your pipes inspected if they aren’t lead but they are old it is probably best to go ahead and have them replaced. PVC pipes are great for having an extremely long lifespan, but other materials have a lifespan and it may be getting near the end of thier lifespan depending on the age of your home. Even if you don’t have any idea the age of the plumbing pipes, a professional plumber can take a look at them and be able to tell you the material, the age, and even give an estimate of when you can expect they will need replaced.