Home repiping is a big deal, which is why homeowners shouldn’t ignore the signs that it needs to be done. Recognizing the signs of pipes that need to be replaced can save you from water damage, health risks and more. Here are a few signs to help you determine if whole-house repiping is in order.
Old or Hazardous Pipes
A pipe system’s lifespan varies depending on material and climate, but a good estimate is to replace your pipes if they are over 50 years old. Plumbing materials have changed since then, and we now know that galvanized pipes rust on the inside after several decades. If you still have galvanized pipes, they could be posing a serious risk to your health and should be replaced.
Corrosion is Visible
When you can see corrosion on your pipes, it means the structural integrity of the entire system is most likely compromised. If you inspect your home’s pipes and can see the following signs of corrosion, your pipes are more likely to leak (they might be already) and should be replaced immediately:
- Small indentations in the pipe
When a pipe springs a leak, patching seems like the best solution. However, all the pipes in your home are made of the same material and could be close to leaking as well. Replacing one leaky pipe may be the right choice in some cases, but consider the state of the entire pipe system when making the decision. Sometimes, a whole-home repipe is the safest, most cost-effective option.
Water Quality is Questionable
One of the most important signs that your pipes need to be replaced is if the quality of your home’s water is compromised. If your water is discolored with a yellowish or rust-colored tint, you need to plan for repiping as soon as possible. Similarly, water that tastes or smells bad is a sure sign that something is wrong.
When it comes to the integrity of your home’s plumbing, waiting is never a good option. If you notice any of these signs that you need repiping, contact the expert plumbers at Parker & Sons Plumbing today.