We never plan for the unexpected plumbing problem and certainly not a complete home repiping. A decision to repipe your home usually creeps up on a homeowner over time. Most homes that were fitted for pipes before 1960 are galvanized. Galvanized pipes are very reliable and have a life expectancy of 40 to 50 years but do have a tendency to rust. For the most part, copper pipes replaced galvanized ones.
Old pipes, in addition to other problems, are the number one sign that your pipes need replacing. While age alone is no reason to repipe your home, it will be the number one reason when considering it. In fact, well-maintained pipes can outlast the projections given to us by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Residential Rehabilitation Inspection Guide. Here’s the link to see the guide: https://www.huduser.gov.Pipes exposed to high mineral content can reduce the lifespan significantly.
No homeowner can know how their pipes were installed. We don’t know why some homes in an older neighborhood leak, yet other homes in the same neighborhood seem to be fine. It could be the result of poor craftsmanship. Leaking pipes is another sign that your pipes may need repiping.
Reduced water pressure is another sign that your pipe needs replacing. California water contains calcium and magnesium and over many years can cause our pipes to constrict reducing our water pressure.
Poor water quality
If your water is cloudy or shows signs of rust, this could be a sign of corroded galvanized pipes. Brownish water takes place when rust is dislodged causing the water to change color. In most cases, rusty pipes eventually turn into pipes that leak. Another thing to keep in mind is that galvanized pipes can only be replaced and not repaired.
Drains that constantly get clogged are probably experiencing sediment build-up caused by hard water. Calcium carbonates and magnesium carbonates are the minerals responsible for the built-up sediment.
- Has your water pressure gotten worse over an extended period?
- Does your water show signs of poor water quality?
- Do you have drains that regularly get clogged?
- How old are your pipes?
- Are your pipes leaking?
If the answer is “Yes” to any of the above, call your Big B’s Plumbing specialist for a free in-home estimate.