It’s easy to forget about the plumbing network running throughout our homes. After all, out of sight, out of mind. But, when issues arise with the infrastructure that we use every day, multiple times a day, it can be pretty hard not to notice. And, it can be pretty detrimental not to address it quickly. Leaving failing pipes alone can result in severe property damage and loss of furnishings. It can also proliferate the spread of mold, which can be hazardous to the health of residents.
If you notice any of the following signs, contact the professionals at Sunshine Plumbing and Gas. We’ll help determine whether the pipes can be fixed or if they need to be replaced.
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Worn down pipes can lead to corrosion, cracks, and leaks. While your pipes aren’t usually visible, the water escaping through cracks or failing joints will soon leave visible water markings. Even if the pipes are under the floor or behind the wall, these surfaces will eventually become soggy with retained water. This should be addressed as soon as it’s noticed. Leaving a leak alone will cause further damage to your home, resulting in expensive repairs. It can also cause the growth of mold, which can be difficult and costly to treat once it spreads.
Low Water Pressure
Depending on the type of pipes in your home, corrosion (rusting) is bound to happen eventually, especially in an older home. When this happens, the built-up corrosion causes the flow of the water to slow down, resulting in low water pressure. This can affect both sinks and toilets throughout the home. Of course, a clog can be caused by other things, such as pouring oil down the drain or disposing of non-flushable items in the toilet. If the issue is cropping up in multiple spots, it’s a good bet that the culprit is corrosion.
Corrosion can also cause brown water to come out of faucets and toilets. This is because rust is discoloring the water. However, it could also be an issue with the local water supply. If the water doesn’t clear up within a day or two, the cause is most definitely an issue with failing pipes. Avoid drinking or bathing in brown or yellow water to prevent any health complications. Instead, contact a plumber ASAP.
When you purchased your home, the material that the pipes are made out of should have been provided as part of the inspection. Knowing the pipe’s material can help determine how old it is and if it’s lived on past viability. It can also help you address dangerous materials. While we’ve been aware of the detrimental effects of lead plumbing for years, such as causing learning disabilities in children and kidney issues in adults, millions of homes still have lead plumbing. If your home is one of these, you’ll need pipe replacement services immediately.
Knowing what your pipes are made from can help you determine how long they’ll last. Below are general lifespans for the most common piping materials:
- Galvanized Steel: 20 - 50 years
- Brass: 40 - 45 years
- Copper: 50+ years
- Cast Iron: 75 - 100 years
- PVC: Indefinitely
- PEX: Indefinitely
If you know that your home is older than the lifespan of the type of plumbing that’s installed, it’s time to replace them.