Plumbing Issues? When is it Time for a Pipe Upgrade?

Nobody likes smelly homes caused by corroding pipes. Reliable plumbing is important in a home for many reasons. Good plumbing ensures the overall well-being of your family by keeping everyone healthy and safe from odor-causing molds, potential flooding, or slab shifting. When is it time for a pipe upgrade for your home? Below are four things to look out for when considering an upgrade.

Life span of your pipes

The age of your home’s pipes will determine when it’s time to call in the experts for a pipe upgrade. Supply pipes have a longer life span but will take on the most wear and tear–if your home is older, look for a record of the age of your supply pipes. Copper pipes generally last around 70-80 years, while brass pipes generally last 80-100 years. Plastic PVC pipes tend to last 25-40 years, while cast iron pipes will last 80-100 years. If your pipes are nearing the end of their life span, consider replacing them. Drain lines may also need to be replaced in your home if they frequently leak.

Signs that it’s time to replace your pipes

If you’ve already considered the age of your pipes but are still unsure whether it’s time to replace them, there are a few warning signs you should look out for. Smelly drains and water discoloration are first indicators of corroded pipes. Low water pressure is a telling sign that there could be a leak somewhere. If you cannot see a leak but are having low water pressure, be sure to address the problem immediately. There could be an unseen leak causing more damage. Other signs to look out for include frequent clogging–this could be due to mold growth and wall areas where the paint is bubbling.

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Type of pipes that are installed

It’s worth considering whether the type of piping in your home is safe and suitable for your home. Be wary of kitec, lead, galvanized steel, and polyethylene pipes–these pipes are either dangerous, recalled, or prone to failure. If your home operates on any of these piping systems, call an expert plumber to find out if replacing them with more reliable pipes is better for your home. Generally, plastic, brass, and copper pipes are more dependable with longer periods of longevity.

Maintaining the health of your plumbing

To prevent a premature replacement of your pipes, there are a few steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure a fully-functional plumbing system. Prevent toilet buildups by keeping a cleaning regime. Avoid frequent cleanings with harsh chemicals like Drano that will speed up corrosion. Finally, you should also consider the insulation of your pipes–non-winterized pipes will be at greater risk of freezing during the colder months.

Here at Quarter Moon Plumbing & HVAC, we take pride in making your priorities our priority. Give us a call to take a deeper look and see what’s best for your home. Call us at (210) 651-5899 or schedule an appointment with our expert and friendly technicians! We look forward to serving you!