Pipes are probably the most neglected part of the house. While homeowners usually worry about the state of ceilings, windows, and doors and consequently schedule seasonal maintenance, they rarely check the state of their pipes. Most pipes only get checked when there is a clog or a leak, and those issues are solved with short-term solutions. However, recurring plumbing problems, especially in old homes, could mean that your house needs repiping.
If you’re experiencing numerous plumbing problems, it may be time to have your plumbing system repiped. Here are a few things to think about when trying to determine if your house needs repiping.
1 – How Old Is Your Home?
The age of your house is the top concern when it comes to house repiping. Aside from the fact that pipes are subject to wear and tear like most parts of your house, older houses may have been fitted with pipes made from galvanized steel or even lead. Houses built before the 1970s are more likely to have those types of pipes, while houses built in the 1920s usually have piping made from lead and polybutylene. If your house was constructed during those periods, you should have your pipes checked by a plumber.
2 – How Often Do You Have Plumbing Problems?
Clogs and leaks are part of a homeowner’s life, but they should not occur multiple times in a year. If you find yourself repeatedly making minor repairs to your pipes or calling the plumber, consider having your house repiped soon. Often, small issues are symptomatic of larger damage. Minor repairs that add up may cost significantly higher than house repiping at the end of the year.
3 – Signs Of Piping Trouble
Relatively newer houses are not fully exempt from needing repiping. Pipes that are not well-maintained or are constantly exposed to hard water may degrade faster. The rule of thumb is to get your piping checked every two years, but it would not hurt to go around your house and check for any of the following:
Signs Of Corrosion
The easiest signs of corrosion to spot are discoloration (yellow or brown) and a strange taste in your water. However, leaks, clogs, and flaking pipes are also signs of corrosion that should not be ignored.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is more often caused by corrosion buildup in your pipes. If you notice your water pressure decreasing over time, check your pipes right away.
Repeated leaks in your house are a sure sign that there is trouble somewhere within your pipes. Don’t let the problem get out of hand.
You may occasionally hear some sounds when your pipes adjust to pressure and temperature, but your pipes should not make loud noises, such as rattling, thuds, clicks, and screeches.
Don’t settle for smaller but more frequent repairs when what your house really needs is a repiping. IC Plumbing Services will help you address the problem head-on. We are here to provide the high-quality service you deserve. Contact us today to hire our team.