The plumbing in your house is one of its most important components. At some point, you’ll need to replace it. It depends on the age of your home and the extent of the remodeling or renovation projects you want to undertake. While you’ve probably focused your efforts on the kitchen or the bathroom, don’t overlook the pipes!
Think About Some Upgrades
As we indicated above, the pipes in your home will get old and will need to be repaired or replaced. Other appliances in your home will need to be replaced, and keeping them around when they have outlived their usefulness isn’t a good idea – so why would you let the same fate happen to your pipes? Even though pipes are made to last, you’ve got to think about plumbing problems that are out of your control, such as tree root invasions or water main breaks in your community. Pipes can’t last more than fifty years. Copper pipes and galvanized pipes are engineered to last longer than that, but even they can fail. Poor water quality will wear on them over the years. Old plumbing can stop working too, which can do even more damage to your home than you might think.
Replace Aging Pipes
If you have old pipes in your home, don’t leave them there. Although you might think that using chemical drain cleaners can prevent problems, in the long run they’ll only make things worse. Lead pipes gave way to polyethylene, but now even those are out of date and will need to be replaced with new pipes that give you any trouble.
Deal with Water Problems
Besides the knocking from water hammer problems and other issues, your pipes might be the cause of numerous annoyances and you wouldn’t even realize it. Water pressure can be the cause, especially if someone tries flushing the toilet or running the dishwasher while you’re in the shower. Rust and dirt can turn the water nasty colors and contaminate the water you need, even if the water itself is clean when it enters your home’s system. Keep an eye out for leaks, too.
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