If you live in a house that’s more than 40 years old, you should pay special attention to your plumbing. It’s easy to forget, hidden behind walls and under floors, until you spring a leak. However, older homes with original plumbing will eventually need repiping, an extensive and often costly project. To avoid a sudden, urgent call to the plumber, watch out for these signs that your home needs repiping.
Just like parts that wear out on your car or home appliances, your home’s plumbing will eventually wear down. It’s important to have an idea of when your pipes are nearing the end of their lifespan. This gives you time to save up for a major expense before it becomes an urgent need. The key here is knowing how old your pipes are and what they are made of.
In general, brass and galvanized steel pipes will last 80 to 100 years. Copper has a slightly shorter lifespan of 70 to 80 years. Drain lines, which move wastewater away from your house, are usually made of cast iron (80-100 years) or PVC (20-40 years). Certain conditions, such as extremely hard water, can shorten your pipes’ lifespan, so take this as a guideline!
If your home has lead or polybutylene pipes, you should have them replaced as soon as possible! Not sure what your pipes are made or how old they are? Check your home inspection report that you received when you bought your house, or call a plumber for an inspection.
In most cases, when one pipe begins to fail, the others are not far behind. If you have notice one or two leaks recently, your entire plumbing system may be wearing down. It’s best to have a professional inspection done to avoid further damage.
If your water is yellow or orange-tinted, it most likely means that your pipes are rusting. Your pipes may be on their way to failure, so call a plumber soon!