Most plumbing has a decently long lifespan, but even the best plumbing will eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of these signs, you might want to consider updating your plumbing.
Your Pipes Have Reached the End of Their Lifespan
Once your pipes reach a certain age, they are at risk for leaks, corrosion, and other major issues. The lifespan for a pipe will depend on its material:
- Galvanized steel: 20 years
- Brass: 40 years
- Copper: 50 years
- Cast iron: 75 years
- PVC: Indefinitely
You Are About to Renovate Your Kitchen or Bathroom
During most major renovations, it is easier to entirely replace plumbing instead of trying to work around it. This can also be good because it lets you change your plumbing while the materials are all easily accessible. Otherwise, you might renovate the kitchen and then have to yank everything out to replace pipes in a couple of years.
Your Pipes Are Leaking
This sign of failing pipes might not be as obvious as you think it is. Many older pipes may develop very slow leaks. Though they don’t gush water, the moisture can damage walls and cause mold over time. Look for things like warped flooring, rust-colored water tubing, mold, or discolored patches on the walls.
You Have Low Water Pressure
As corrosion builds up inside pipes, less water can get through your plumbing. This results in lowered water pressure all over the home. In most cases, there is no way to clean corrosion without damaging pipes. Instead, it is safer and more effective to just go ahead and update them fully.
If you are interested in potentially updating your plumbing, Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC of Columbia can assist you. Our team of highly trained technicians can assess your plumbing and make recommendations on whether it is time to update. We also assist with a variety of other plumbing jobs, including sewer line repair, septic draining, cleaning, repair and replacement, and drain cleaning, as well as hydro-jetting, and basement waterproofing. Call now to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to serving all of your plumbing needs.