Unfortunately, the pipes in your home or office don’t last forever. They break, leak, degrade and rust over time, leading to the need for replacement or repair. Whether you will need a simple repair or a full replacement will depend on the level of degradation and how extensive the damage is.
Pipe replacement is the process of removing and replacing old, outdated piping within your plumbing system, usually occurring when the existing piping it not salvageable due to age or excessive wear and tear, as well as leaking and rusting, etc. You may need pipe replacement if you currently have galvanized pipes, which could pose a health threat to occupants. That’s because, as these types of pipes age, the zinc coating erodes and leads to corrosion. This allows lead to build up in your pipes. In this case, new piping will have to be installed for safety.
You can count on the trusted plumbers at L&P Plumbing to do a thorough inspection of the problem first, then provide you with an honest recommendation of repair vs. replacement. We are happy to serve the greater Austin metropolitan area with 20 years of replacing, repairing and installing pipes. Rest assured, we use the latest technologies and products to ensure your piping needs are addressed quickly, safely and efficiently.
5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Pipes
It’s tough to know when you should replace your pipes, but here are some tell-tale signs that should prompt a call to your plumber.
Some pipe problems are tough to see with the naked eye, but this is one you should be able to spot fairly quickly. If you notice water trickling out of your pipe or see wet spots on your floor or under the sink, you may have a crack in one of your pipes. This needs to be addressed immediately before it leads to extensive water damage and mold growth.
However, just because you see a leak doesn’t mean the pipe is actually cracked. It could just be due to a loose connection. These issues also need to be addressed quickly, as a small leak can lead to a big one in no time, especially when under pressure.
If your pipes are constantly clogging, they could be corroded on the inside. This often happens with older galvanized steel pipes. This requires replacement in order to get the water flowing freely again.
4. Lower Water Pressure
If you’re noticing decreased water pressure throughout your home, you may need new plumbing pipes so you can achieve the desired water pressure.
It’s a good bet that the pipes in your home will have to be replaced at some point. All materials have their finite lifespan, some shorter than others:
- Galvanized steel pipes will last 20 to 50 years
- Brass pipes will last 40 to 45 years
- Copper pipes will last 50 or more years
- Cast iron pipes will last 75 to 100 years
From pipe repairs to replacements, rely on L&P Plumbing for personalized services that gel with your budget. Whether you’re located in Austin, Liberty Hill, San Marcos, Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park or surrounding areas, we can address your issue quickly and efficiently.
Contact L&P Plumbing
To schedule a pipe replacement or repair with our qualified plumbers, get in touch with us today at 512-768-6973.