There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they’ll need to replace the plumbing in their home. While it may seem as if plumbing pipes last forever — sadly, they do not; and failure to notice that they need to be “swapped out” can result in a pretty dangerous situation.
The experts at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. explain some of the signs that it might be time for a re-pipe of your home.
Signs it’s Time to Re-Pipe Your Home
Corrosion Forming on the Inside
While this one may be a little tricky to discover, there is a workaround to see if your pipes are corroded (i.e., galvanized steel pipes can corrode from the inside). One way to tell is if your pipes are prone to clogging more often than they should; there’s a stronger possibility of debris buildup (from the corrosion) when they’re close to retirement.
On the visible side of things, another way to tell is if the water in your home has a brown tint (or strange odor) to it or if you spot any visible rust signs on the outside of the pipes. Contrary to popular belief, plumbing pipes should never be rusty — if they are, you'll need to consider your pipe repair options.
Your Pipes Celebrated a Milestone Birthday
Just like a car or appliance, when pipes celebrate a milestone birthday, the new age bracket they fall into may signify that they’ll need to retire, and you’ll need to have them replaced.
Based on the material they’re made of, here are some of the life expectancies of popular pipe material:
Galvanized steel lasts approximately 20 to 50 years
Copper lasts upward of 50 years
Brass lasts between 40 and 45 years
Should I Repair or Replace My Pipes?
Luckily, you do not need to re-pipe your entire home very often. For example, if you have a blocked pipe on your hands or a faulty pipe that needs to be replaced, these are typically simple fixes that do not require your entire home’s “veins'' to be swapped out.
However, if your pipes are giving you constant trouble (such as leaks) or have visible signs of wear and tear (such as cracks of any size), you may want to give your trusted plumber a call to discuss if re-piping will be the best solution for your home.