Knowing the time to replace plumbing is a must!

Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes inside your house. Over the decades, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays. Unless you replace plumbing, you’re eventually going to get leaks—and possibly a flood of water or raw sewage into your home that causes thousands of dollars in damage to your building and belongings.

But is a plumbing disaster imminent or just a concern for the distant future? Replacing old pipes in a 1,500 square foot, two-bathroom home costs $4,000 to $10,000, and requires cutting open walls and floors, so you certainly don’t want to do the job before it’s necessary. Here’s how to assess your plumbing system and know when it’s time for replacement.

The type of plumbing in your house determines how long you can expect it to last. So review the home inspection report you got when you bought your home to see what kind of pipes you have—or bring in a trusted plumber to do a free inspection of your plumbing system.

Supply pipes (under constant pressure and therefore most likely to cause water damage when they leak)

Brass 80-100 yrs
Copper 70-80 yrs
Galvanized steel 80-100 yrs

Drain lines

Cast iron 80-100 yrs
PVC 25-40 yrs

If your pipes are older than these guidelines, it doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be replaced. Well-maintained pipes may last longer, and poorly maintained ones or those in areas with hard water. So, no matter what kind of pipes you have and how old they are, you need to keep an eye on them.

If your house is more than about 60 years old, make it an annual ritual to look at any exposed pipe—in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms—for telltale signs of trouble. Check the tubing for discoloration, stains, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, which are all indications of corrosion. If you find irregularities, bring in a plumber to do an inspection.

You’ll want to keep a watch for leaks too, of course. Even small ones that are easily repaired may be indicators that the time for whole-house replacement is approaching. After all, the original pipes in your home are the same vintage, they’re made of the same material, and they’ve been subjected to the same water supply and usage patterns.

Ultimately, you’ll need to rely on a trusted plumber to advise you whether it’s time for a pipe replacement. Southern Coast Plumbing Services is the best in South Florida. They are trained with the ability to inspect and inform you of any know issues. Call us today for a free consultation to inspect your current plumbing system. (561)-584-8455 or (954)-495-8040

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