Over time the pipes throughout your home may stop functioning properly. This can lead to repeated breakdowns and a lot of headaches. If you live in a home with older pipes, or your pipes have been neglected and not properly maintained, you may need repiping services. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some reasons you may be a good candidate for new piping in your home or business.
Nothing lasts forever, even pipes. Copper pipes can last from 60 to 80 years, and galvanized steel pipes can last up to a century. Although pipes do last a long time, there are a number of things that determine if they can meet their maximum lifespan that doesn’t always occur. Factors that influence the lifespan of your pipes include insulation, chemical cleaner, and water quality. If you’re experiencing frequent clogs, high water bills, and frequent leaks, your old pipes might have met their maximum lifespan.
Lead pipes are obviously a bad choice. They leach lead into the water you use for cooking and bathing and pose a serious health risk. They’re not the only pipe material you should be wary of. As people were getting away from lead piping and looking for alternatives, there was an increase in the use of polybutylene pipes in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. While not as dangerous as lead pipes, polybutylene pipes are incredibly prone to breakage and leaks. In many cases replacing them can save you a lot of money that would be spent on recovering from a burst pipe.
Discolored Water & Low Pressure
If your water isn’t coming out with the right pressure or color, you have a problem. Pipes that are especially corroded will flake pieces of metal and rust into the water that will then come out of your faucets. It makes your water feel harder, taste bad, and look brown. Discolored water is the most obvious sign of pipes that are in desperate need of replacement. The way your water feels as opposed to looks can also be a warning sign. The same minerals and corrosion that discolors your water can build-up so bad that your water pressure becomes a running joke in the house.
Ready to Upgrade Your Home’s Pipes?
There are a few different options when it comes to repiping your home. Copper and PEX piping are popular and well-proven choices. Top of the Line Plumbing provides plumbing services to Duval County, St. Johns County, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and the surrounding areas. There isn’t a plumbing job too big or too small for our team to handle. From repairs and repiping to hydro jetting and water filtration, Top of the Line has the experts to get the job done.