Wondering if it’s time to replace your pipes? Here are some signs that will help you know for sure.
If you find yourself having to get leaks in your pipes repaired repeatedly, it’s probably time to cut your losses and simply get new pipes. If your pipes are sprouting leaks somewhat frequently, you’re just going to spend a bundle of money having those fixed over and over again, only to find that your pipes break down fully soon. It’s better to replace them now and save on the costs of constant maintenance.
Your pipes will break down eventually with age, and when that happens depends largely on what materials your pipes are made out of. If your pipes are reaching the end of their expected lifespan, it’s a good idea to have them replaced sooner rather than later. Here is a quick overview of the average lifespans of pipes made of these common materials:
- PVC: 25-40 years
- Brass: 40-45 years
- Copper: 50+ years
- Galvanized steel: 20-50 years
- Cast iron: 75-100
If you have an old home, it is possible that your plumbing includes lead pipes, which are hazardous to health. If you discover any lead piping in your home, have it replaced immediately.
Low Water Pressure
There are a number of potential causes of low water pressure, but one common cause is hidden leaks in your pipes, either underground or behind walls. If you have noticed unusually low water pressure in your home lately and suspect a hidden leak, book a plumbing inspection to determine whether that is the problem. If that’s your problem, your plumber will let you know the specific condition of your pipes and whether it’s a better idea to repair them or have them replaced.
Visible Signs of Damage
Make a point of visually inspecting your pipes at least once a year. If you find noticeable signs of damage such as rust, cracking, and/or corrosion, it’s time to consider upgrading to new piping. We understand that it might feel easier to just ignore the damage, but that will catch up with you in the long run when those hairline cracks and signs of corrosion become a burst pipe spraying water all over your floor. Get your pipes replaced now and save yourself the headache (and major cost) of a plumbing emergency later.