Is it time to update your plumbing? Nothing lasts forever and that includes your plumbing. When it breaks, it can be a catastrophe with water flowing everywhere, no hot or cold water, and a lot of stress. But that doesn’t mean you should live in fear. There are signs to let you know it’s time to update your plumbing and avoid a catastrophe.
4 Plumbing Warning Signs
Age of Plumbing
Unless you just built your home or have a relatively new home, it’s likely your plumbing is outdated. Depending on the age of your home, certain materials were used. Knowing the type of material and the lifespan of that material can help you understand your system better. More modern homes use copper, brass, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) while older homes might have used brass, lead, or galvanized steel. Exposed pipes can be used as a guideline to determine the type of pipe you have in your home. A general rule of thumb is that brass, cast iron, and galvanized steel pipe lasts about 80 to 100 years. Copper pipe lasts around 70 to 80 years and PVC lasts for about 25 to 40 years. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan, including how well you’ve maintained your plumbing. If you suspect your piping is approaching the end of its lifetime, you should replace it.
Condition of Pipes
Over time, pipes get corroded, rusted, and eventually wear. As your home ages, make it a habit to perform an annual inspection of your plumbing system. When inspecting exposed pipe for its condition, look for discoloration, flaking, dimpling, bumps, and anything else that looks unusual. If you have also experienced a lot of repairs with your plumbing, it’s likely you will have more problems. There is only so much patching you can do until it becomes more cost effective to replace the system and avoid a catastrophe. Two types of pipes that are prone to continuous problems are grey and blue polybutylene (poly). No matter what age, if you have grey or blue poly update your plumbing as soon as possible.
Discoloration of Water
You might be a little wary of discolored water and you should be unless you are in a rural area or you use well water. Discoloration is usually a sign that you have rust in the water. Corroded pipes cause the rust, such as flakes, to get into the water and can severely clog your pipes. As pressure builds up from rust clogging your system, the pipe will eventually burst. If you suspect rust or corroded pipes, your plumbing needs immediate attention.
Low Water Pressure
Identifying the source of low water pressure can be tricky. Some causes of low water pressure are clogged pipes, a damaged or leaking pipe, or deteriorating piping. Try an ordinary drain cleaner first to fix the problem. If it persists, seek out the advice from your local plumber.
If you recognize any of the signs above, schedule to update your plumbing. High Priority Plumbing performs inspection, provide repairs, and replacing piping. For more information, contact us at 770.860.8110 in Atlanta or 912.373.7707 in Savannah.