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How to Know if You Need to Replace Your Plumbing


Plumbing is a vital part of your home, and without it, you would be without many necessities.

With Winter on its way, you need to be sure that your pipes are in peak condition so that they’re able to handle the cold without freezing and bursting.  Plumbing is a vital part of your home, and without it, you would be without many necessities.  Rather than getting stuck during Winter without working plumbing, you’re better off replacing the whole system when it has degraded.  But how will you know it’s time?  Read on to find out.


Certain pipe materials degrade faster than others.  There are two types of pipes you have: supply pipes, which bring water into your home, and drain lines, which take it away.  Supply pipes are more likely to burst; they’re under constant pressure.  They are usually made from brass, copper, or galvanized steel.  Brass tends to last 80-100 years, copper lasts 70-80 years, and galvanized steel usually lasts 80-100 years.  As for drain lines, they are made from cast iron or PVC.  Iron pipes will last 80-100 years, while PVC pipes will only last 24-40 years.  If you have lead or polybutylene piping, you must get the plumbing replaced immediately.  Lead is poisonous and polybutylene is unstable.


If the water is anything but clear, there’s a problem with your pipes.  Plumbing that is rusting is going to turn the water brown or yellow.  The cause could occasionally be a rusty water heater, but it’s better to have a professional come out to evaluate whether or not you need to replace the system.  Also, if you have constantly leaky faucets, there’s a chance your plumbing needs replacing.

Signs of Corrosion

Take a look at some of your exposed pipes and look for signs of corrosion.  Signs can include discoloration, stains, dimples, pimples, and flaking.  Corrosion is one of the final signs that your pipes are about to burst.  If you notice these problems, you should invest in replacing the system right away.

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