After weeks, months and years of use, eventually our pipes and the plumbing fixtures we touch every day start to lose some of their strength. Don’t worry, it’s natural. Just about everything we own is going to experience some wear and tear over time. The problem, however, is that old and corroded plumbing can cause some pretty unwanted issues — like discolored or metallic tasting water, or worse, lead contamination.
Warning Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Plumbing:
- You experience a lot of leaks. A leak here or there is normal and should be expected by all homeowners. But, what isn’t normal, is for leaks to be popping up all over the place or to be reoccurring after several repairs have already been made.
- Your water is rusty. Although you can’t see the way most of your pipes look on the inside, if the water coming into your sink or tub has a rusty hue, that means your pipes are starting to decay.
- Your pipes are discolored and/or flaking. For those pipes that are exposed, such as in your basement, take a look at how they appear visually. If it looks like something just isn’t right and certain areas are discolored, flaking or even stained, there’s probably some corrosion happening.
- Your water pressure is too low. Water pressure may fluctuate for a number of reasons, and if it happens once you likely don’t have to be too concerned. But, if yours is low often, it could mean that your pipes are degrading on the inside, causing buildup that prevents water from flowing freely.
- Your home is aging. Even if nothing appears to be wrong from what you can see and you aren’t experiencing any problems, if your home is about 60+ years old and the plumbing hasn’t been replaced, you should at the very least have everything inspected by a professional. It’s better (and more cost-effective) to be proactive than reactive!
Although your home is made up of many systems that require your complete attention, especially as they get older, your plumbing is one that we can’t stop stressing. If you have a plumbing problem that requires professional assistance or you simply want to make sure that everything is in good working order, don’t hesitate to contact us at 714-630-8766.