It’s not always obvious when you need pipe replacement in your home. Old age and leaks aren’t the only thing that can dictate the need for repair or replacement. Here are some of the top signs you may need to replace your pipes.
1. Discolored Water
You expect your water to be clear when you turn on the tap for a refreshing glass of water, do the dishes or take a bath. But when slightly colored water comes out instead, you may understandably be alarmed. This is common, though, and usually has to do with city workers working on a pipeline. As long as it’s an infrequent occurrence, there’s nothing to be worried about.
But when your water consistently comes out brown, yellow, orange or red, it’s a sign your pipes need replacing due to rusted and corroded pipes. As your pipes deteriorate, those tiny rusted metal bits chip off, get into your water supply, and discolor the water. The more frequently your pipes break down like this, the more risk you have for burst pipes and expensive repairs.
Most of your home’s piping system is located under the foundation or floors, or behind the walls. In those cases, it’s rare to see visible signs of damage. But in the case of exposed piping, such as in your basement, it’s easier to spot corrosion and other problems such as pipe bulges, dimpling, flaking, and discolored pipes.
If you notice rust on the exposed piping in your home, it’s a good chance that all the hidden piping also fell victim to the same damage.
3. Clogged Pipes
Minor clogs are nothing to worry about and are fairly common. But if you experience frequent clogs, there could be a more serious issue going on with your pipes. When sink and shower drains have frequent clogs, it’s usually due to a deeper clog within the piping system. It’s also possible that tree roots have wrapped around the pipes underground and have pierced the material, creating a blockage. Clogs also result when too much sediment builds up in your pipes.
Despite the exact cause of your clogs, your pipes will need to be inspected in short order and likely replaced.
4. Old Pipes
Just like all other components of your home, such as appliances, siding and roofing, your pipes have a finite lifespan. Each material has a different lifespan. For instance, brass, galvanized steel and cast iron pipes can last between 80 and 100 years. Copper pipes last 70 to 80 years, and PVC pipes last up to 40 years with proper care.
However, the lifespan of your particular piping system may be shortened due to the presence of hard water deposits or high water pressure. If you know how old your pipes are and they have exceeded that age limit, have them replaced. If you’re not sure, have a plumber inspect them.
5. Frequent Leaks
Leaks are without a doubt the most common plumbing issue faced by property owners. What may seem like a minor inconvenience may stem from a much larger issue within your pipes. If you are having frequent leaks, have a plumber inspect the situation. While small leaks can be repaired and patched, large ones signal the need for total replacement.
Don’t notice any visible leaks? Be on the lookout for dark, discolored patches near sources of water, such as sink and toilet fixtures, as well as on walls, floors, and ceilings. Another sign of invisible leaks is a higher than usual water bill that you can’t explain.
Contact L&P Plumbing LLC
L&P Plumbing can address any issues you may be having with your pipes. We specialize in pipe repair and pipe replacement throughout Austin TX. To book your appointment, contact us at 512-468-9030.