Your home’s plumbing system facilitates everything from washing dishes to washing yourself to doing the laundry. And yet as efficiently and unassumingly as it does its job for decades on end, your pipes will inevitably wear out, leading to potential water damage inside your walls, among other problems. Therefore, if you notice any of the following, it’s best to be proactive.
Why You Should Update Your Plumbing
1. Water Discoloration
Pipes can corrode over time, leaking metal and other materials into your drinking supply. As a result, you may notice orange, reddish, or yellow water coming out of the tap—a likely sign of rust. Blue or green indicates brass or copper in the fittings. Any water that is black could also mean there is a growth in your pipes that could be dangerous to your health.
2. Change in Water Pressure
Fluctuations in water pressure are often the first sign that there is a problem with your plumbing. If you check your water heater and it is in good working order, you may have a small leak or clog forming. While small leaks may not seem like a reason for replacement, if they are prevalent across the board, it may indicate an aging system.
3. Pipe Materials
Most modern piping is made from brass, copper, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). These materials all have varying life spans, with copper lasting anywhere from 70-80 years and PVC lasting only 24-45. Knowing what your plumbing is made from can help keep track of when it may need to be replaced. Alternatively, systems that are older than 50-60 years may use other materials like cast iron or galvanized steel, which can be dangerous for one’s health and should be removed immediately.
If your plumbing is showing signs of wear and tear and you’re contemplating replacement, talk with the professionals at Plumb-Rite Plumbing in Kalispell, MT. This team of professionals can attend to problems ranging from stubborn drain clogs to new installations. To learn more about their offerings, visit them online. Call (406) 257-7795 to set an appointment.