There's A Problem Here: How To Tell When It's Time To Replace Your Water Pipes

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If your home is aging, chances are good that everything else is aging too, including the operating systems. Recognizing problems with the wiring is usually an easy process; the lights start flickering and the circuits shut down repeatedly. However, it's not always that easy when it comes to your plumbing, especially the pipes. Now that your home is aging, it's time to start worrying about those pipes. Here are four signs that will let you know when it's time to replace the plumbing in your home.

Your Water is Discolored

If your water is provided by a well, it's normal to experience occasional water discoloration. However, if you have municipal water, and you haven't received a notice about pipe repairs in the area, your water should never be discolored. If you've recently noticed that your water has turned brown or red, you need to contact a plumber as soon as possible. A reddish tint to your water is a sign that you could be dealing with rust, which can be a serious health risk.

Your Pipes are Galvanized Steel

The water pipes in most new homes are either PVC, brass, or copper. If have a newer home, you shouldn't need to worry about replacing your pipes any time soon. However, if you're living in an older home, chances are good that your pipes are either galvanized steel or lead. If that's the case, you want to replace them as soon as possible. This is particularly important if your pipes are lead. You might not realize this, but lead could be leaching into the water that you're drinking. If you have young children, this is a particularly hazardous situation. Have a plumber come out to inspect your pipes as soon as possible. It's also a good idea to have your water tested.

You've Got Low Water Pressure

When you have low pressure in one or two faucets in your home, it's usually a minor issue that can be easily repaired. However, if you're dealing with low water pressure throughout your home, you're probably looking at an issue with your pipes. Now's the time to have a plumber come out and inspect the water pipes in your home.

You're Dealing with Several Leaks

It's not uncommon for pipes to leak from time to time. However, if you're dealing with several leaks throughout your plumbing, it's time to think seriously about having your pipes replaced. As water pipes wear out, the material begins to degrade. When that happens, leaks become more prevalent. Unfortunately, if those leaks occur under your home, you may experience significant foundation damage. Contact a plumber and have them inspect the pipes in your home. It might be time for a complete replacement. 

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4 May 2018

Exploring The Importance of Plumbing Pipes

Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.