Indoor plumbing is a standard feature for every new home constructed. It’s not safe to assume, however, plumbing can last forever and never needs maintenance or complete replacement. Many factors can affect the life of the plumbing pipes carrying water to and from the home. Water high in minerals (hard water) can accelerate deteriorating of older iron pipes. Additionally, factors such as the water supply pressure and sewer service can all lead to major issues with plumbing systems.
A sure sign there are serious problems with the plumbing is a constant barrage of leaks developing throughout the home. One leak is a nuisance but repeated leaks means the pipes have all reached an age when the eventual replacement is inevitable. A good way to determine this is calculate the costs for constant leak repairs compared to new pipe installations. It’s a safe bet the pipes won’t improve with time and making the choice now to upgrade the pipes will save money in the long run.
Another way pipes expose their deterioration is a steady flow of contaminants getting into the water. Even if there is no apparent leakage coming out of the pipes, turning on a faucet show dirt, sand and other material in the water reveals material is getting into the water line. Again, this won’t improve with time so replacement could be the optimum repair.
Finally, older iron pipes may not be leaking but obvious rust-colored water shows the pipes are thinning from the inside out. As the pipes continue to corrode eventually the pipe wall will be too thin to manage the internal water pressure and will burst. Seeing a steady flow of rust in the water reveals a weakening plumbing system. Rust in the pipes will be especially obvious if a water line has sat unused for a lengthy period of time. A water line feeding an unused bathroom or utility sink may not be opened for several days or week. When opened the reddish brown water will be seen clearly until fresh water flushes the line clean.
If you’re looking to repipe your Sacramento area home, then give Crystal Blue Plumbing, Heating & Air a call at (916) 577-5020 and set up an appointment with one of our experts today!