Your plumbing is one of the most important systems within your home, as it carries clean water to your kitchen and bathrooms and drains water into your septic tank or sewage hookup. An improperly functioning plumbing system can cause all sorts of problems for your home and can be a major disruption to your life.
If you understand the warning signs of pipes that are nearing the end of their lifespan, you can identify the problem early and contact a professional plumber to have your pipes replaced before they stop working as intended.
The clearest indication that you need to consider replacing your home's plumbing is if there is any sign of water damage to the area surrounding your plumbing. Keep an eye out for discoloration of surfaces, as well as peeling paint and wallpaper and warping wood.
Any pooling water or the sound of water running behind your walls or ceiling can point to a leak as well. Get a professional plumber to address these problems immediately and minimize the damage that the water can do to the interior of your home.
In a similar vein to the above point, keep an eye out for any sort of mold growth in your home. Mold only grows in dark and damp places and thus will rapidly take root after a plumbing leak has occurred.
Mold usually points to a leak that has been running for a while, so at this point you will likely have to have your plumbing replaced and a certain section of your home repaired to fix that water damage.
Keep in mind that mold can also start developing due to a leak in your roof, so having a professional plumber inspect your plumbing is the best way to identify the source of your leak.
If you have any exposed plumbing in your home, you should do a close visual inspection to see if there are any signs of physical damage or degradation. Keep a particular eye out for any discoloration on metal pipes, which can point to rust and corrosion which is a precursor to leaks.
Another clear indication that you may want to consider replacing your home's plumbing is if the water coming out of your faucets and showerhead is discolored in some manner. Orange or darkly colored water can point to rusting of your pipes, which means that they are likely deteriorating and are at risk of springing a leak.
Beyond discoloration, be sure to watch out for any strong odors or odd tastes that your water may start giving out. While this doesn't necessarily point to damage to your pipes, it can point to an issue with your plumbing.
Strong smells and odd tastes can point to bacteria growth in your pipes or in your water heater and can be a health hazard if left unchecked. Having a plumber come in is the best way to identify the source of the problem and have it address appropriately.
Flow Rate and Water Pressure
Pipes that have sprung a leak or have otherwise began to structurally degrade can provide a slower flow rate than normal, as well as variations in the water pressure. If your water pressure suddenly drastically increases or decreases, and the amount of water coming out of your faucets and taps is minimal, it's likely time to replace your plumbing.
For any questions that you have about your home's plumbing, please don't hesitate to contact us at John Manning Plumbing. Our experienced team of plumbers will be more than happy to work with you to fix any problems that you may be having and get your plumbing system back to normal as soon as possible