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Do Your Pipes Need to be Replaced? Here’s How to Tell

Does our topic make you anxious? This is probably because pipe replacement is one of the largest projects you will ever be subjected to as a homeowner. However, postponing this job will only cause further damage down the line. The good news is a whole-house repipe will increase the value of your home and improve the performance and efficiency of your plumbing system.

Let’s look at some common indicators that your plumbing is due for an overhaul.

Your Plumbing is of a Certain Age

Your plumbing won’t last forever. Depending on the pipe material, your plumbing system can last between 70 and 100 years before it begins to corrode. If you live in an older home, you may want to have your plumbing professionally inspected to determine if it's nearing the end of its lifespan.

Low Water Pressure

Reduced water pressure is a common problem in many older homes. Several things could be the root cause here: faulty piping, leakage, blocked drains or poorly sized drains that limit water pressure. Leaks demand immediate attention before they promote mold growth and structural damage.

Rattling and Other Odd Sounds

If you turn on your faucets and the water comes out in bursts producing rattling sounds, you have a problem within the system. Any unusual noise coming from the pipes could indicate absorbed air. Air could be leaking from the bleed-off system.

Discolored Water

Discolored water is an indication that you need a few pipes replaced. Color and odor are signs of severe pipe corrosion. Older piping systems are bound to deteriorate, housing mineral deposits and rust. If left unattended, they could lead to health hazards through consuming contaminated water. Also, the corrosion weakens the pipes leading to leakage, mold growth, low pressure, and clogging.

Damaged and Stained Walls

Some pipes run behind walls. If you notice brownish stains on your ceiling and walls, it could indicate a leak. Warping walls and floors are also a clear sign of a leaking pipe and accumulating water. Call in your plumber for immediate pipe replacement or repair.

Bursting Pipes

If your pipes are prone to freeze and burst during the winter, it might be time for an upgrade. Newer and stronger piping systems are designed to withstand temperature fluctuations.

Bottom line: Now that you have confirmed you need to replace your pipes; you need to research your options. The plumber will examine the extent of damage and prepare a quote for both labor services and materials. Are you experiencing any of the above piping problems? Call us today at Life Line Plumbing and let us inspect your plumbing system 281-809-0049.