Like most of the materials that make up a building, your plumbing system and pipes will not last forever, causing plumbing emergencies and a lot of stress. Unfortunately, it’s a vast job to replace them, but a very important one—for many reasons; including the health and safety risks that come from old and decayed tubing.
You can always reach out to re-piping specialists in order to determine your current plumbing situation, and to give you sound advice on when it’s the right time to replace it. Besides, there are many reasons for why you should consider replacing your old piping. We will be discussing a few major ones here.
The Age of Your Plumbing System
It’s important to know what type of pipes you have in your home and the lifespan of those pipes (in terms of the material). Knowing the health of your home’s plumbing system is also important, and to know that you should check the water plumbing, sanitary plumbing, the drainage, the mechanical system, as well as the roofing system of your home.
Well-maintained pipes last longer than poorly maintained ones or those that are in hard water areas. Knowing the age and condition of your pipes can help you take steps to prevent leaks, flooding, and potential health hazards.
Check for Low Water Pressure and Lead Accumulation
As the pipes corrode away, the water pressure in your home will decrease. This may be noticeable with time; however, your water flow may decrease to the point where you will get nothing but a trickle from your shower. Also, lead might accumulate over time in your old galvanized pipes and may enter your drinking water.
If you or a family member living in the home is pregnant, or if there are young children around, having any amount of lead in the drinking water can cause serious health problems. Because there are no warning signs indicating that adverse health effects are occurring, you should consider getting tests done that can reveal how much lead is in each pipe.
Make Sure the Tree Roots Don’t Interfere with Outside Pipes
Tree roots can seriously damage your underground water lines/sewer pipes, which might lead to costly repairs. Also, when considering replacing your plumbing system, don’t neglect the pipes outside.
If you have old and mature trees around your home, especially near your outside line, you can easily prevent severe root intrusion by having your plumbing inspected every 18 to 24 months. It’s also a good idea to keep some foaming root killer on hand because the older the lines, the more likely there are older trees with roots located near them.
So, if you suspect that your plumbing system needs to be replaced, call the re-piping specialists at Pipeline Restoration Plumbing, Inc. to handle all your plumbing needs.