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Do I Need New Plumbing?

Thinking about new plumbing?

When was the last time you had a plumbing problem? Whether it was a leak, a clogged drain or something more involved, if you have called a plumber out more than once in the last year, you might consider getting a plumbing upgrade.

No matter the material of your plumbing, over the years pipes will eventually rust and corrode. Replacing old plumbing is a big undertaking that will require time and a sizeable budget, so it is imperative to assess the situation very carefully.

First you need to know what kind of pipes are in your home. If you can’t find the inspection report from your purchase of the home, have a local plumbing company perform an inspection for you. They will also be able to tell you the condition your pipes are in – and offer some maintenance or replacement solutions.


Type of Plumbing

Supply Pipes:

  • Brass (last 80 – 100 years)
  • Galvanized Steel (last 80 – 100 years)
  • Copper (last 70 – 80 years)

Drain Lines:

  • Cast Iron (last 80 -100 years)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) (last 25 – 40 years)

If you have plumbing that might be older than what is listed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should to be replaced. This is why an assessment by a plumber would be a good idea. If your system has been well maintained, it might be fine for several more years. Poorly maintained pipes and houses in areas where there is a high mineral content in the water are more likely to be replaced sooner.

Antiquated Piping

Two types of plumbing that should be removed regardless of age or performance are lead pipes and polybutylene pipes. Lead pipes were popular in the early 1900’s and can last around 100 years. But older lead pipes have been known to contaminate water with lead, which can be a serious health risk. Polybutylene piping systems were popular in the 70’s through the 90’s, but proved to be extremely undependable. Neither type of pipe is available today, but many older homes still have these antiquated plumbing systems. If you find that your home has either type of piping, you will definitely need to seek out a new plumbing system.

Warning Signs

If you live in a home that is 60 years or older, it is a good rule of thumb to check the exposed plumbing areas every year. Minor leaks and signs of wear (including discoloration and flaking) might only be evident upon a close inspection. Other warning signs to pay attention to include:

  • Sporadic sink leaks in the faucet or piping
  • Brown or yellow rust rings in the bathtub or toilet
  • Brown or discolored water
  • Low water pressure
  • Walls or flooring that contain wet spots or mold
  • Pinging, rattling or other loud noises coming from the pipes

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs, it might be time to consider a new plumbing system. But first, give us a call at (713) 364-0226 and we will schedule an appointment!

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