The plumbing in your house will not last forever! Replacing your plumbing is not a task that can be avoided without risking leaks, or possibly even a flood of raw sewage. Considering it can be a costly job, you need to learn how to assess when it is time to replace your plumbing. No matter what kind of pipes you have or how old they are, it is vital to keep an eye on them. Here are some guidelines on the lifespan of your pipe material:
- Copper: 50+ years
- Brass: 40-45 years
- Cast Iron: 75-100 years
- Galvanized Steel: 20-50 years
- PVC Piping: indefinite
If your house was built over around 60 years ago, you should be looking at any exposed pipes annually. This includes pipes in the basements and utility rooms. You should be checking for discoloration, staining, and flaking, which are all signs of corrosion. Leaks, even the smallest ones, can be a sign of trouble as well. You don’t want a minor problem to turn into a major one! Another telltale sign of decay in your pipes can be found by filling your bathtub and examining the color of the water; if it is brown or yellow, the inside of your pipes are rusting. Is the water pressure in your shower low? This can indicate a clogged drain or a leak downstream from the fixture. This may be reflected in your water bill as well.
When Should I Replace?
If it is difficult to access in-wall pipes due to having plaster walls or wood paneling, consider replacing the pipes that aren’t hidden behind walls. Your plumbing expert may be able to access the majority of your system this way. Another good time to replace your pipes is during renovations. If you end up opening any walls or floors for the renovation, inspect and replace the plumbing lines if needed.
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