From clogged toilets to leaky faucets, most of us have experienced some form of plumbing problem throughout the years. Fortunately, smaller issues can be resolved by the homeowner. Others, however, necessitate the help of an emergency plumber.
One of the most significant problems that a plumber needs to handle is actual plumbing replacement. Since knowing when to replace your plumbing isn’t always easy, this post will cover some of the signs that it’s time for new plumbing.
The first thing to consider is the age of your piping. While PVC piping has an indefinite lifespan, other materials will need to be replaced at some point due to their age. Cast iron can last 75 to 100 years; copper and galvanized steel for 50 years, and brass for 20 to 50 years.
If you live in a newer home, age shouldn’t really be a factor. On the other hand, if your home is on the older side, it may be time to speak to a plumber about replacing your pipes.
We’ve all heard about the dangers of drinking water tainted with lead. What you might not realize, though, is that 10 million homes receive water through lead service pipes, and some still have lead plumbing inside. If you think your water may flow through lead piping, we recommend calling a 24/7 plumber.
Your plumber can come out and test your water to ensure it is safe from any lead contamination. If it’s tainted, we can replace your plumbing as soon as possible.
Low water pressure
A drop in water pressure can indicate a malfunctioning water heater or a problem with the city water system. However, a slow change in water pressure may indicate piping that needs to be replaced. An experienced plumber can inspect your system and tell you whether you need new plumbing or if a repair is in order.
From loose fittings to cracks in the pipe itself, leaks can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a 24/7 plumber can stop the leak; other times, though, they may recommend replacing the leaky pipe entirely. Be sure to watch out for signs of leaks, and call a plumber to address the issue before it worsens.
Clogged or slow drains
A drain can become clogged or slow for a variety of reasons. It can be as simple as a bunch of hair down the drain or as serious as a tree root that’s punctured the drain system. Don’t hesitate to call a professional when you notice a clog—they can assess your system and make a decision about fixing the clog or replacing your plumbing.
Call our team for all of your plumbing needs
With over a decade of service and fair pricing, Orchard Plumbing is the go-to choice for all of your residential plumbing needs. Whether you need an emergency plumber to fix a major leak or a team to replace your plumbing entirely, we’re up to the task. Reach out to schedule an appointment!