Outdated plumbing pipes are one of the more common issues that might need to be addressed during a home renovation. But, how can you quickly tell when this big job is necessary? Before you start ordering new piping materials, check to see if your client’s home has any of these problems.
How to know when Plumbing Pipes need to go
The pipes in a home will never last forever. Although the materials used are sturdy, they sometimes leak and cause major problems towards the end of their lifespan. Contractors should be aware of when they might need to take action.
Outdated Plumbing Materials
The age of a home is a good indicator of whether or not new plumbing pipes are necessary. Older homes tend to have cast iron, lead or galvanized steel pipes, which have a lifespan of approximately 80 to 100 years.
However, more modern houses often have brass, copper or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes. The copper may last as long as 70 or 80 years, while PVC needs to be replaced after 24 to 45 years.
Over time, piping systems can corrode or rust, which may degrade the quality of a home’s water supply.
Discolored water is a strong signal there are issues with the plumbing pipes. Brown or dark-colored water usually means the pipes are corroded.
Not only is it unhealthy to consume, the corrosion may cause mineral deposits to build up, which may eventually clog pipes, increase water pressure and potentially cause pipes to burst.
If you think a home’s pipes may be rusted or corroded, it’s time for immediate action.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is another sign that plumbing pipes are on their way out.
Although this problem may be caused by a clog, sometimes it means that there are leaks or pinholes in the piping. Pools of water or moisture accumulation are two signs of trouble. If this issue is ignored, water damage could potentially lead to wood rot and mold growth in a home.
First, see if the clog can be fixed with ordinary drain cleaner. If that doesn’t do the trick, it could be time to shop for replacements.
In recent years, there have been many advancements in plumbing materials. Brass, copper and PVC are favored over cast iron or lead. If you think your client’s home requires new pipes, Green Art Plumbing Supply has solutions.
We have a full stock of top-of-the-line wholesale parts and products in our three Long Island showrooms in Freeport, Huntington and Southampton. Visit us today or call (516)379-0449 to get all the supplies you need for your next job!