No matter where your plumbing is located, when an issue occurs, it could mean significant damage and costly repairs. Though you want to spot the issue early, most of your home's plumbing is concealed behind walls making it quite challenging to do so. Just like most things, it can usually be thought of is out of sight, out of mind. However, by understanding the importance of updating your plumbing and how age can make an impact on how it's used, you can prevent significant costly repair and further issues.
Signs of Failing Pipes
The first sign and often the most obvious is cracks in your pipes or leaks from corrosion. Sometimes you'll notice wet baseboards or wet spots behind the dishwasher or sinks. If there are water stains, warping floors or any rust color around water fixtures you don't want to ignore it. This can lead to significant water damage.
Look For Low Water Pressure
When you notice that your fixtures are suddenly putting out less than average water pressure, you may have a clogged drain. If there are gurgling rattling noises there could be pipe blockage stopping air. Often this won’t require a full pipe replacement and can be taken care of with a simple drain cleaning, but if it’s recurring, you’ll want to contact a plumber.
If you just moved into a new home, especially an older one, it may be the best time to consider redoing your plumbing. Pipes do you have a lifespan, and depending on the material, older homes may have reached that. For instance, copper to last about 50 plus years well brass only last 40 to 45 years. Cast iron has been known to be last 75 to 200 years while galvanized steel only lasts 20 to 50 years. If you can PVC, piping is your best bet as it has an endless lifetime.
Are you living with damaged or poorly working pipes? Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We serve clients throughout Bridgeport, Fairfield, and the surrounding areas.