When Does Plumbing Need to Be Replaced?
Whether it’s your car battery, the lawn mower sitting in your garage, the hot water heater, the shingles on the roof, or the plumbing in your home, nothing lasts forever, and when something is used day in and day out, it’ll eventually need to be replaced. Your household plumbing system is no different.
When it comes to the materials used to build a home, many of them come with a shelf life. As far as the home’s plumbing is concerned, eventually the system will start to show signs of wear and tear and break down.
As plumbing ages, it’s common for it to develop leaks, and if they are ignored for too long, they can lead to:
- Unhealthy mold
- Water damage in the walls, ceilings, and floors
- Raw sewage can seep out and damage the floors, walls, and furnishings
An old or neglected plumbing system can lead to a system failure, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage to the home and the furnishings inside.
Should you be concerned that a plumbing disaster is on the horizon? Since replacing old pipes involves cutting into the walls and floors, we certainly wouldn’t want you to start such a big project before it was necessary.
What Type of Pipes Do You Have?
This is a key question and will help you determine how long your plumbing system should last. If you’re not sure what type of pipes you have, grab a copy of the home inspection report that you paid for when you bought your home and see what types of pipes you have.
Or, call an experienced plumber and have them check out your plumbing system. Brass, copper, and galvanized steel supply pipes last about 80 to 100 years but can fail sooner if they aren’t properly maintained.
If you know that your pipes have outlasted their lifespan, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be replaced, especially if they have been well-maintained over the years.
If your pipes are made out of the lead, which was common during the early 1900s, then they should be replaced because they deposit lead into the drinking water, which is dangerous to your health.
Also, if you have polybutylene pipes (used during the 1970s through the 1990s), they should be replaced because they are heavily prone to breakage.
When to Call a Plumber
If your home was built more than 60 years ago, make it a habit to check your pipes for any signs of trouble. Look at to the pipes in the basement and crawlspace. Are there any stains, flaking, leaks, discoloration, or dimpling? If so, it’s time to call in a plumber for an inspection.
Also, keep an eye out for rust-colored water when you turn on the bathtub, especially after you’ve been away on vacation as this is a sign of decaying pipes.
Need your aging pipes inspected? Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. for the help you need!