Your plumbing system is a complex arrangement of pipes and drains positioned throughout your home. As your home ages, repairs and replacements will be required. The trick is knowing what to repair or replace and when. This is especially important when it comes to your plumbing system.
When the plumbing in your home fails, you could be looking at an expensive repair job to replace old, worn pipes in your walls and floors, especially if there’s been a major leak.
To avoid a potential disaster, look out for these warning signs of old plumbing:
Water that comes from your pipes should be crystal clear. If you’re trying to get plain water from your taps, and it has a color, the water cannot be used. There are a few reasons water could be discolored, but they indicate that professional help is needed.
This is especially true if you’re dealing with old pipes that may have rusted from age. Rust can eventually cause pipes to burst, which can trigger severe water damage.
A leaking pipe can lead to damaged walls, mold, mildew, and even a loss of structural integrity for your home. Listen for the sound of water in the walls or a constantly running toilet. If you’re unable to locate the source of the sound by turning off faucets and checking toilets, call a plumber immediately.
You can potentially solve this issue by replacing old plumbing parts.
Low Water Pressure
If water isn’t flowing the way it used to, the issue is likely in your pipes, or if the issue is isolated, in one of your plumbing fixtures. Over time, debris or mineral buildup can clog pipes and cause reduced water pressure. Other possible causes can include partially opened shutoff valves or, if your home is a bit older, corroded pipes. Call a plumber to diagnose the issue at the first sign of low water pressure.
When you encounter a clog, you might think to use commercial chemical products or a wire coat hanger to remove the blockage. However, both of these “solutions” can damage your pipes, and they often don’t work because the blockage is bigger than you think.
In this case, never attempt to DIY. The last thing you want is to make the problem worse! You may do more damage that will need a more expensive professional repair. Save yourself the headache and call a professional as soon as you notice the problem.
Paying more for water than usual can indicate that your plumbing isn’t working as efficiently as it should. If you haven’t drastically changed your water consumption and water prices haven’t gone up, you may have a sneaky leak on your hands. Have a plumber evaluate your pipes and determine whether a leak is causing higher water bills.
If you’re in the Port St. Lucie, Florida area, and aren’t sure when to replace old plumbing, call I Need The Plumber & Air Conditioning today. Our experienced technicians will get your home’s plumbing system running smoothly once again.