The pipes in your home don't last forever — minerals in the water build up on the side of the pipes and corrode metal piping. When your pipes are old and corroded, they're more susceptible to suddenly bursting. This can cause major water damage and even severely damage the foundation of your home if it happens to an underground pipe. To prevent this, you'll need a plumbing installation company to replace all of the pipes in your home. This is called repiping. Here are some signs that the pipes in your home are becoming dangerously old and your home may need to be repiped.
Your Water Suddenly Becomes Discolored or Tastes Metallic
If the water from your tap tastes metallic, it can indicate the presence of rust in your pipes. To check for the presence of rust in your water, turn the water off at the main when you will not be using it for a while (such as when you are at work for the day), wait a few hours, turn the water back on, and fill a glass with cold water from your faucet. A layer of fine-grained red sediment will slowly settle to the bottom of the glass if there's rust in your pipes.
Rust is common in older cast iron pipes and can occur in galvanized steel pipes if the galvanized layer has been broken off by high water pressure or careless plumbing snake usage. It can eventually eat through the pipe, causing serious leaks.
You Frequently Repair Leaking Pipes
If you've had to call the plumber frequently to repair small pipe leaks at different locations in your home, you could be unlucky or your entire piping system may be on the verge of failure. Minerals in the water slowly corrode the metal in your pipes. When enough of the pipe is corroded, a pinhole leak forms. This is especially common with copper piping. If you have extensive corrosion in your pipes, it weakens them and makes them more susceptible to bursting when they suddenly experience extreme water pressure. Frequent leaks due to corrosion indicate that your entire plumbing system has severe corrosion problems. To prevent this catastrophe and reduce the need to call a plumber to repair your frequent leaks, replace and update your older plumbing pipes.
You Have Low Water Pressure
When your pipes develop a thick layer of mineral scale, it decreases the open diameter of the pipe and limits the amount of water that can flow through them. When the amount of water flowing from the main to your fixtures is low, it causes low water pressure. If you've noticed the water pressure in all of the fixtures in your home becoming lower over time, it's likely due to this mineral buildup. A thick layer of mineral scale means that your pipes are old, and it's a good idea to repipe your home to restore your water pressure and prevent other problems due to old pipes, such as bursts and leaks.
Old pipes in your home need to be replaced to prevent frequent leaks and reduce the possibility of a burst pipe that can cause catastrophic water damage. Repiping your home is a major job that can only be done by a professional plumbing installation company. If you're experiencing the signs of old and failing pipes, contact a professional plumber to have your system inspected.