Don’t Let Your Aging Pipes Catch You Off Guard

Many people choose to purchase an older home and renovate it to create the perfect combination of retro and modern style. However, your beloved fixer-upper could be hiding pipes that are less than satisfactory. While nothing in life is perfect, it is important to know when your plumbing is past the point of repair.

Here are three things to consider when deciding whether your plumbing pipes are due for a replacement.

What Type of Pipe

You can roughly guess the lifespan of your pipes by reading up on their type and makeup. Consider calling a professional to take a look at your plumbing system so he or she can tell you when you should get it replaced. For example: 

Plumbing line piping.
  • Supply Pipes: Pipes made from brass and galvanized steel typically last 80-100 years, while the copper variety last about 70-80 years. 
  • Drain Lines: Cast iron drain pipes last about 80-100 years, while PVC will most likely last about 25-40 years.

How well your pipes are maintained and whether they carry hard or soft water can also play a role in how long they will last. Be sure to schedule regular maintenance, so you can get the most out of your pipes—no matter how old they are! 

Say No to Lead

Lead pipes are extremely dangerous, no matter how old they are! While they have a lengthy life expectancy, they can easily distribute lead particles into your drinking water. Lead affects many parts of your body, including your brain, liver, kidneys and bones. Women who are pregnant are especially vulnerable, as any lead stored in bone is released into the blood during pregnancy. 

Additionally, children can absorb up to 5 times more lead from a given source. Lead can quickly travel to the brain and nervous system, which may result in coma or even death. If your pipes are made from or contain lead, be sure to have them replaced right away! 

If You Notice Something Strange

Be sure to frequently check any exposed pipes for any possible signs of failure. If the tubing is discolored, flaking or stained, it is possible that your pipes are suffering from corrosion. Also, be sure to take a look at the water after running a bath. If it is brown or discolored, it’s mostly likely a sign of rusty pipes. This means your system is decaying and you should call a licensed professional right away! 

If you notice any signs that it is time to replace your pipes, give J. Blanton Plumbing a call to schedule an assessment. We would be happy to help in any way we can!