When your home plumbing goes, it goes — and it will likely require emergency plumbing services. This home disaster can cause irreparable damage and a loss of belongings, and because the plumbing is hidden behind walls it’s hard to know when it needs to be replaced or upgraded. So, how do you tell if it’s time to retire your old plumbing?
Don’t let your plumbing emergency wreck havoc on your life and disrupt your daily life. At C & C Leaks and Plumbing, we’re here for these exact situations — we know what to do and can act quickly to get you back to your daily life, sans plumbing issues. If you live in an older home and aren’t sure when to get know to get your plumbing replaced, follow along in today’s blog!
Your plumbing won’t last forever, so learn what to look for!
The Lifespan of Plumbing
As your plumbing ages, it offers clues that it’s getting old, worn, and tired and needs to be replaced. Plumbing is made from a variety of materials, so the life expectancy will vary by the material, but the general life expectancy for plumbing is as follows:
- PVC piping – Indefinitely
- Cast iron – 75 to 100 years
- Copper – 50 years
- Galvanized steel – 20 to 50 years
- Brass – 40 to 45 years
The lifespan is pretty impressive, but also take into consideration the different components of plumbing such as the mechanical, fittings, and joints — any issues with these can lead to faulty connections, leaks, and water backup.
There are a couple of tell-tale signs that your plumbing is on its last leg and needs to be retired.
If your water source excludes well water or water in a rural area, having discolored water is a red flag. Corrosion in your pipes causes the water to turn brown and if it’s unaddressed, leads to a buildup of mineral deposits that clog pipes and builds pressure, so eventually, the pipes will burst.
Decreased Water Pressure
Low water pressure is never a great sign — whether you can’t shower at the same time as when the dishwasher is running, or the pressure is just low — this can cause plumbing problems. Decreased pressure could be a result of small holes that reduce the water pressure or a clog. If there is a leak this can cause mold growth and structural damage to your home.
If you hear a loud rattling or gurgling in your pipes this may be a result of trapped air or a blockage. Again, this may indicate a leak or pressure building, which can destroy your pipes and cause a plumbing emergency.
If your water backs up into your tub or drains slowly after you’ve washed the dishes, indicates a blockage. Most of the time a plumber can come in and work to unclog it, but there are instances when it’s just too old and needs to be replaced.
If you live in an older home, you may need new plumbing. Your pipes will give you clues including:
- Water Discoloration
- Decreased Water Pressure
- Noisy Pipes
- Slow Drainage
If you notice any of these clues, it’s time to call the plumbing professionals!