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When you think about your plumbing system, you probably think about pipes carrying water to your sinks, showers, and toilets. But your plumbing system is so much more than that. It's the complex network of pipes that keep water flowing through your home, regardless of where it comes from or where it goes. In fact, your plumbing system is one of the most important systems in your home. You don't have to be intimidated by the responsibilities that a house repiping entails because 1-800-Plumber +Air of Plymouth has you covered.
How Long Do Pipes Last?
One thing you should watch out for if you have an older home is the type of pipes you have. The older your home, the greater the possibility of having multiple types of plumbing pipes. This is because older homes have undergone a series of repiping repairs that involve replacing old pipes with new ones. While repiping should only be done by professionals, you still need to be aware of the average lifespan of your pipes so you will know when you should have them repiped. Be sure to contact us so we can get the job done the right way.
Copper pipes typically last up to 70 years, but pinhole leaks can reduce their lifespan.
PEX pipes are made of plastic or cross-linked polyethylene. They also come in a variety of colors including white, blue, and red. A PEX pipe can last up to 50 years.
PVC pipes are made of polyvinyl chloride and they're usually white in color and with letters PVC for easy identification. PVC pipes can serve you up to 100 years.
CPVC or chlorinated polyvinyl-chloride pipes resemble PVC, but they are generally cream in color and will eventually become tan. CPVC pipes can last up to 75 years.
Galvanized Steel Pipes
This type of pipe is gray in color. You'll know it's a galvanized steel pipe if you hear a metallic clanging sound if you hit it with a screwdriver or coin. The life expectancy of a galvanized steel pipe is up to 50 years. These pipes can only be found in older homes. That is because, in the 1950s, galvanized steel pipes' internal zinc lining can make the pipes prone to rusting, causing them to wear out quickly. Corrosion can affect the quality of your drinking water.
Lead pipes no longer exist in new homes because they're an outdated plumbing material built in the 1930s. These pipes can last up to 50 years and because of the health problems caused by lead exposure, lead pipes are not used in plumbing systems anymore.
This type of pipe is usually a metal or gray color. You can identify a lead pipe by lightly scraping the pipe with a sharp object or a screwdriver so it will reveal a soft material and silver-white color.
Although lead and galvanized pipes are almost identical even when you do a scratch test, doing a magnet test will help you tell the difference. Galvanized steel attracts a magnet while lead pipes won't.
How to Help Your Pipes Last Longer
Plumbing pipes have a long lifespan, especially metal, galvanized steel, and lead pipes that can last for almost a century. However, these pipes are hardly used in construction. These days, PVC pipes are the most commonly used type of pipes. PVC pipes may not last as long as galvanized steel or metal pipes, but they are durable and not prone to corrosion.
The main problem with PVC pipes is the water pressure and if this trouble is left unaddressed, it can cause serious damage to your connections and plumbing systems. Nevertheless, keeping your plumbing pipes in good shape and extending their lifespan is not impossible. These best practices will keep your home's plumbing in good working condition.
Watch out for leaks: Leaks are an indication of cracked or damaged pipes. When leaks go undetected, they can cause a lot of water waste. You won't know the difference until your next water bill comes. Unfortunately, small leaks can go unnoticed until they turn into a bigger problem. Be sure to pay attention to some visible signs as they can indicate a hidden leak. Warped walls and mold growth are all signs of pipe leaks.
Address slow drainage problems: If you notice your bathtub or sink draining water slower than usual, you might be having a piping problem. A clog might be causing this plumbing issue because when the water passage is interrupted, it will create pressure on your plumbing pipes. If you have slow-moving drains, call 1-800-Plumber +Air of Plymouth to get the problem sorted.
Observe your water pressure: When there is too much water pressure on your drains, it can cause your home's plumbing to wear down easily. If the water supply's pressure suddenly rises, the water pressure in your pipes will increase as well. The recommended PSI for your plumbing should only be under 85. Have your water pressure checked by a professional plumber at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Plymouth. Installing a water pressure gauge will also help you monitor the pressure regularly.
Watch what you dump in the toilet: Toilets are only intended for flushing down human waste. Avoid flushing wrappers, wet wipes, tissues, diapers, or any food items or disposable materials because they can cause a clog that can shorten the lifespan of your drainage.
Don't use chemical cleaners: While chemical cleaners might be effective, they can be harsh to the internal linings of your drains. They can dissolve clogs, but they can also harm your plumbing system.
Practice regular plumbing maintenance: Pipes last longer if they're regularly maintained. Getting an annual check-up will help you identify early signs of plumbing issues and prevent costly repairs.
When to Repipe
A house repiping might not have crossed your mind but if you notice any of these symptoms, book an appointment with 1-800-Plumber +Air of Plymouth to get the repiping done.
Low Water Pressure
Strange Sounds Coming from Pipes
Water smells or tastes poor
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If your piping systems are showing these signs, then you need 1-800-Plumber +Air of Plymouth to inspect your house and evaluate the state of your plumbing system. Contact us so we can have your home's piping up to code and up to date through our house repipe services.
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