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Is It Time to Replace Your Plumbing?

Posted by Jeremy Nichols on Aug 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Replacing your plumbing system is probably something you’d rather avoid, but trust us when we say it will be much less painful now than after disaster strikes. If you don’t replace your plumbing on time, you’ll start getting leaks. Soon after, you could have a flood on your hands. So, before you have water or raw sewage pouring into your home, replace your plumbing system, and save yourself thousands of dollars and countless headaches in the process.


Reasons to Replace Your Plumbing 


1. Your Pipes Are Old

Determine what type of piping you have and how old it is. Supply pipes are under constant pressure. If these leak, they could cause a lot of damage. They’re typically made of brass, copper, or galvanized steel. Brass and galvanized steel piping typically lasts 80-100 years before needing to be replaced. Copper lasts 70-80 years. Drain lines are often made of either cast iron or PVC piping, lasting 80-100 years and 25-40 years, respectively.

If your pipes have been well maintained, they may last longer; if you have hard water, they may wear down more quickly. If your plumbing is approaching the end of its average lifespan, keep a close eye on it. Consider having pipes inspected by a professional to determine whether they should be replaced soon or are still in good shape.


2. Your Pipes Are Leaking

If you have even a small leak somewhere, it could indicate that your plumbing system is beginning to fail.


3. Your Pipes Are Lead or Polybutylene

If you have lead piping, have it replaced as soon as possible. Lead is toxic and can cause serious health issues for you and your family. Lead piping was commonly used in the early 1900s. Beware if your home was built during that time period.

Polybutylene was commonly used from 1970 through the 1990s. This type of piping is low quality and breaks easily.


4. Your Pipes Are Beginning to Corrode

If your home is over 60 years old, check any exposed piping in your home annually . Keep an eye out for any discoloration, staining, flaking, or dimpling. If you see any of these signs, your pipes are beginning to corrode, and it’s time to call a quality plumber.


5. You Have Low Water Pressure

If you have an older house with galvanized piping, and your hot water pressure is low, your pipes may be corroded.


6. You Have Rust in Your Water

After you return home from vacation, check the color of your water when it first runs out of the faucet. If it’s yellow or brown, that’s a bad sign. Either your water heater tank is rusty, or your pipes are beginning to decay.


One of the best and most cost effective times to replace plumbing is during a home renovation, when piping is already exposed.

If you have a plumbing emergency, need to replace your plumbing system, or would like your system inspected, call Cyclone Contracting in Ames, Iowa. We'll ensure your plumbing is in good shape so you don't have to worry about it. Call us at 515-446-8139, or click below to contact us online!


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