As a homeowner, you probably think often about maintenance and improvements, but an important part of the home often overlooked is your plumbing system.
Since there isn’t a definitive timetable on when you need to replace your plumbing pipes, and they should last a long time, it’s easy to forget they take a large amount of wear and tear daily.
We encourage you to look out for these common signs that it might be time to replace your pipes. When you start experiencing 2-3 of these signs, it is wise to receive a professional opinion from a company such as Total, one that is qualified and properly licensed and insured for replacing plumbing pipes and systems.
Frequent Pipe Leaks
One of the most obvious signs that your pipes are rusty and need to be replaced are recurring pipe leaks. For example, if you are getting 3 or more leaks over a 6 month period you should be thinking about replacing over repairing. Sometimes leaks aren’t as obvious as just seeing them. Here are other indicators of a leak:
- Low water pressure
- Higher-than-normal water bills without a noticeable change in usage
- Smell or visible signs of mold and mildew
The Age of Your Home
If your home was built over 40 years ago, there’s a good chance that its pipes (except for PVC piping) have started corroding. In Florida, the rule-of-thumb for the lifespan of various piping is:
- Copper: 10-20 years
- Cast iron: 20-25 years
- Galvanized steel: 25-50 years
- Brass: 50-70 years
- PVC: indefinitely
Visible Signs of Corrosion
Check exposed piping for visible signs of corrosion including: blue/green tinting (on copper piping), rust colored powder or marking, discolorations of any kind, flaking, and dimpling.
If you have steel or iron piping and you notice rust-colored water coming from your water appliances, there’s a good chance your pipes are rusting from the inside and need to be replaced. It is important to always receive a professional opinion from a qualified company like Total. A proper inspection will check your system and give some definitive answers. For example, if the rust is only coming from hot water it could be the water heater and not your home’s piping.
You have Polybutylene Pipes
Polybutylene is an inexpensive, flexible plastic that was used for residential piping back in the 1970s-1990’s. It was found to be extremely vulnerable to rupturing, so it is no longer accepted by US building codes. If your pipes are white plastic and include the letters “PB” in the printed label, you have polybutylene pipes and we suggest having them replaced right away.
How Total Can Help
Look out for these tell-tale signs that it’s time to have your pipes inspected. Our licensed and insured plumbing technicians are trained to assist with all of your residential and commercial plumbing and piping needs. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an inspection appointment.