Most people spend little time thinking about their home’s pipes until there is a problem. At that point, it is too late. Repairing and cleaning up after a burst pipe is a messy and expensive experience. It is far better to identify possible problems with your plumbing before they turn into major issues.
There are numerous signs you may want to think about your home’s plumbing. Watch out for the following signs:
1) Your pipes are nearing the end of their lifespan. Pipes wear out from normal use even under the best conditions. Brass and galvanized steel pipes typically last between 80 and 100 years. Copper pipes have a shorter lifespan of between 70 to 80 years. Before replacing your pipes due to age, talk with a plumber to make sure it is the best decision.
2) Corrosion in exposed pipes. If you live in an older home, you should definitely conduct an annual pipe inspection. Look at all the exposed pipe in the crawl spaces, under the sink, and in the basement. Check for any obvious signs of corrosion or leaking around where two sections of pipe meet. Signs of flaking or staining are telltale signs you can expect trouble in the coming months.
3) Low water pressure in older homes. Owners of home over 60-years old with galvanized pipes and low-water pressure need to consider replacing their plumbing. Low-water pressure, specifically when using hot water, normally means you have clogged or corroded pipes. Although replacing the plumbing for an entire home is expensive, it is the best solution and is likely to save you money in the long run.
4) Discolored water is a sign of rust in your pipes. Although the discolored water is not dangerous to drink, it can stain light-colored clothing in the wash. Rusty pipes are more susceptible to leaking and it is a smart idea to call a plumber to make sure your plumbing is in good shape.