Signs It’s Time to Repair or Replace Those Old Pipes

July 2, 2021

If your pipes are starting to get old, you may notice certain issues with your water supply. Common issues seen in plumbing systems with old pipes include constant leaks, lower water pressure, rusty water and more. They can cause serious health problems as well, including the potential for lead poisoning. It’s important to know when it’s time to repair or replace your old pipes. Be sure to call a reputable plumbing service in your area instead of attempting repairs on your own.

Clogged pipes

Clogged pipes are a common issue in homes and commercial properties with older pipes. This is because mineral deposits build up in pipes over time. After a certain amount of time, that mineral buildup will become so significant that it causes constant leaks and bad water pressure.

If you notice more constant clogs, consider calling a plumber to take a look. They may simply have to remove the clog, but in more extreme cases, a full replacement might be required. Replacement is often needed if these clogs are caused by pipe corrosion.

Leaky pipes

Leaky pipes don’t always signal the need for a pipe replacement, but it’s always best to have a professional offer their opinion. Repairing constant leaks will cost plenty of money over time, so sometimes it’s best to fully replace your pipes.

Even if your pipes don’t need replacing, it’s important to have those leaks taken care of right away. Leaky pipes could cause water damage and lead to the growth of mold. Mold is a major problem for homes, and poses a significant health risk.

Cracks in your pipes

When there’s a leak in your pipes, see if you notice any cracks. Cracks may be easy to find, and signal the need for a pipe replacement. While it’s possible to fix a cracked pipe, a replacement is usually the better long-term solution. Cracks can result in major damage to your home over time, so it’s important to not put off repairs or replacements.

The presence of rust or other materials

If you notice rust or other materials in your water supply, that often means there’s an issue with your pipes. While it’s not an immediate health concern to have rust in your water, this may get worse over time. This is especially true if the cause of rust is your old pipes. Since there are many possible causes for rust and other minerals in a household’s water supply, it’s best to have a plumbing professional diagnose the issue.

At what age should your pipes be replaced?

The age at which your pipes should be replace largely depends on the type of pipes you have. Galvanized steel pipes, for example, can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, depending on how well they’re maintained. Brass pipes usually last around 40 years, while copper pipes often last more than 50. Cast iron pipes usually last the longest, at around 80 years.

If you need to have elements of your plumbing system repaired or replaced, contact the plumbing professionals at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc. to schedule an appointment.

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