Just like everything else, your plumbing system won’t last forever. As decades go by, the plumbing pipes rusts, corrodes, and decays. Unless you change or upgrade your plumbing system, it will eventually have leaks and even let raw sewage or a flood of water into your house that will cause you thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your belongings and property.
But is a plumbing nightmare imminent or perhaps an issue for the distant future? Here are some tips to help you assess if it is time for you to replace your plumbing system.
Know Your Pipes
The kind of plumbing system in your home will determine how long it will last. Check the home inspection report when you purchase your home and find out what type of pipes you have. You can also hire a plumber to inspect your plumbing system. Supply pipes made of copper, brass, and galvanized steel can last for up to 80 years, while drain lines made of PVC or polyvinyl chloride or cast iron can last for up to 40 years. If your pipes are much older than these, it does not necessarily mean that they have to be replaced. Pipes that were well maintained tend to last much longer while those that were poorly maintained as well as those with hard water tend to fail sooner. Regardless of the kind of pipes you have, you need to keep an eye on them.
Remove Polybutylene and Lead
You also have to remove two types of water supply pipe regardless of how long they have been used in your home. Lead pipes, which were used during the early 1900s have a life span of 100 years, however, they could leach lead into your drinking water, which can pose a serious health risk. Meanwhile, polybutylene pipes that were used between 1970s and 1990s are extremely susceptibility to breakage.
Signs of Trouble
In case your house is more than 60 years old, check for any exposed pipes in crawlspaces, basements, as well as utility rooms at least once a year for signs of trouble. Inspect the tubes for stains, discoloration, flaking, or dimpling. These are all signs of corrosion. In case notice any irregularities, call in a Florence plumber to perform an inspection.
You should also watch out for leaks. Even the smallest ones that can be fixed easily can be signs that the time to have them replaced is fast approaching. After all, the original plumbing pipes in your house are the same vintage, they are made of the same material and they have been exposed to the same usage patterns and water supply.
Additionally, fill your bathtub and check the color of the water. If it looks yellow or brown, what you are seeing is rust, it is an indication of decay inside your pipes. You may have to consider replacing them soon.
Whether you need to have your plumbing system inspected, repaired, maintained, or replaced, Plumbing Experts Florence are always ready to help.
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