How Old is Your Plumbing System?Published: July 12, 2019
Plumbing systems might not have many moving parts but they do have a life span. After years of continuous use, your plumbing components need to be replaced.
Here are some signs that you need to upgrade your plumbing.
Your faucets keep leaking
The components in a faucet are exposed to rushing water several times a day. Switching them on and off also causes wear and tear. You can choose to replace components but there comes a time when it makes more sense to replace it. If you find that it leaks a short time after you repair it, you’re better off with a replacement.
You keep sprouting leaks in your piping
Replacing piping isn’t pleasant. But neither is water damage from a failed system. If you have to deal with leaks in different sections of your piping system, it may be time for an overhaul. You may also benefit from upgrading to safer and more robust piping materials.
Your water looks, smells or tastes funny
If the appearance of your water starts to change and you’ve ruled out municipal supply issues, your pipes may be corroding and leaching into your water. Materials like lead won’t affect the taste or smell but if someone in your home shows symptoms of lead poisoning, you’ll need to replace your piping or fittings.
You see scale buildup
If you see scale buildup on your faucets and shower head, chances are that you have deposits inside your piping as well. Pay attention to whether you start having issues with flow, even after cleaning and flushing. You may need to replace some of your plumbing pipework.
Your sewage system keeps backing up
There are multiple reasons for a backed up sewer but if you’re having reoccurring problems, you may need to replace a portion of your piping. Damaged or collapsed piping can prevent proper flow. The other possibility is that your system might not be sized correctly. If a bathroom was added without the proper assessment and upgrade, the sewage system may become overwhelmed.
Hot water that ain’t so hot
Water heaters need proper maintenance to keep the water at the right temperature. If you keep on top of it, your water heater can last many years. If, however, the temperature starts dropping off, you may want to upgrade to a new, more efficient water heater. You’ll save on utility costs and reduce your frustration.
Talk to a professional about the age of your system and whether it may be time for an upgrade. This applies especially to systems containing toxic materials like lead and zinc. If you need help upgrading your plumbing, give us a call.
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