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    8 Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Plumbing

    February 1, 2018

    The amount of wear that happens on your plumbing can be substantial. Between things that happen in even just the bathroom, like toilet flushes, baths, turning sinks on and off and showers, eventually plumbing is going to need to be replaced. Sometimes you only need a repair that is cosmetic. Other times, you are going to need work that’s more substantial. Here are some signs that it’s time to change the plumbing in just your bathroom.

    1. Faulty or Outdated Hardware

    If you have a showerhead or sink hardware that won’t become clean or if you’re noticing rust and chips, you have to upgrade them. Hardware won’t just make the bathroom look old but also can be dangerous to the health of you and your family, particularly if there are metal bits that are chipping off and getting caught in your water stream. It’s usually pretty easy to replace the hardware, but you should always make sure the water is turned off before you remove your fixtures and that you are calling in a plumber if there are any problems you encounter.

    2. Obvious Issues with Your Water

    Faulty waterlines or leaks also mean that you should upgrade your plumbing. If you’re turning on the tap in a sink and water is dribbling out around your fixture or if when you’re running water into your tub, and there is a puddle on your floor, the hardware isn’t sealed properly. Not only that but you should keep an eye out for issues with drainage that aren’t going away. Showers or tubs that are draining slowly, especially when you have standing water inside your shower, will indicate that you have a clog or the water can’t go the place that it should.

    Use a combination of baking soda and vinegar or a commercial cleaner for problems with clogs. However, if this is only a temporary solution and they don’t keep flowing very long, you’re going to need to replace your drain hardware. You also should check to see if there are puddles outside of your shower or tub once it’s drained since this can mean that your floor has moisture in it. If you have problems like this, it’s best to hire yourself a plumber.

    3. Bad Water Volume

    If your water when you’re taking your shower isn’t coming out at full blast, the chances are that your pipes could be corroding. As time passes, pipes made of galvanized steel will start degrading, and the diameter is going to narrow, which means the water volume will start decreasing. This is going to affect tubs, your toilet’s refill rate and sinks but the place that you are going to notice it most are going to be in the shower when your water volume and pressure is lowering. This often will mean that you have to replace your pipes completely.

    4. Problems with Water Quality

    Foul-smelling or rusty water also can mean that you want to replace your plumbing, namely the water heater. A lot of these heaters have rods in them called sacrificial anodes. These are rods made of steel and covered with magnesium, zinc or aluminum. Bacterial or corrosive elements in your tank will be attracted to these anodes, and they aren’t going to go into your pipes. But as time passes, the rods will break down. If the rods don’t function anymore, they can cause smelly or rust-colored water. Replacing the water heater is going to fix that problem many times.

    5. Mold

    If you’re noticing mold in the bathroom, chances are perfect that some of the plumbing needs replacing. Mold, particularly when it’s on your ceiling or walls, means that water is running anywhere it shouldn’t be as well as where it can’t be seen. It’s better if you can discover the water leak’s source and deal with it quickly. Additionally, see if there are any wet pieces of your ceiling or walls if there’s a problem with the water suspected. These are what you see before the mold shows up, but it’s possible you won’t see them right after a bath or shower. Wait for 2 to 3 hours and then check the bathroom once more. If you see wet spots on the ceiling or walls or the floor, there is a leak somewhere, and a plumber’s help is needed.

    6. Discolored Water

    Unless you’ve been told to boil your water for one reason or another, you have a well, or you’re living in an area that’s rural, water that’s discolored will be a reason to be concerned. Dark or brown water is because your pipes are corroding, so your water is rusty as it’s running through your pipes. If it’s not treated, your pipes can be clogged by mineral deposits. This can build up the pressure. When there is continual pressure, your pipes can burst and lead to horrible damage. If you’re suspecting corrosion or rust, it’s important to have them checked before there is a big problem.

    7. Pipe Material

    Based on the year your house was built, various materials probably were used in the plumbing system. The majority of modern systems are using PVC, copper or brass pipes. But the older buildings were using galvanized steel, cast iron, and lead. No matter what material was used, each one of these types of materials each have lifespans it’s important that you are aware of, so you’ll be able to gauge whether an upgrade is needed. Cast iron, galvanized steel and brass last from 80 – 100 years, copper will last 70 – 80 years and PVC only will survive 24-40 years.

    In the majority of new constructions, this usually isn’t a problem. But if you’re living in a home that’s older, it’s possible you’ll want to see the type of pipe material that is in your home. If you’re discovering that the pipes are pretty new, it’s not a bad idea to look into preventative maintenance plans that a plumber might have so you can avert future problems.

    If your pipes are made of lead, it’s going to be a whole other story. Lead is very toxic, and when children consume small amounts of it or if adults consume large amounts, can make a person sick enough to be hospitalized. Tests can reveal the amount of lead in pipes. If the amount is above the suggested level by the government, it’s important for you to stop using your water immediately.

    8. Look at Exposed Pipes

    If you’re living in a house that is at least 60 years old, there is an excellent chance that you have some exposed pipes in your home somewhere. Usually, piping runs through a basement, and this can give you some insight into your home’s pipes’ condition. Check your pipes for flaking, bumps, dimpling, discoloration and other things that look unusual or weird.

    It’s also a good idea to look for pipes that are accumulating moisture or water puddles. This will tell you that you have some corrosion or that your pipes aren’t properly sealing. This isn’t going to necessarily mean you’ll need a complete overhaul of your plumbing. Sometimes your pipes need to be tightened well. But if there is a lot of leaks, you should consider an upgrade shortly.

    Upgrading your hardware and plumbing doesn’t just improve your home’s look. It will also help its longevity and safety. If you catch the problems soon enough, making some simple repairs can help with avoiding major issues and can help you save money and time. The last thing you want to do is to wait for the last minute and have a mess on your hands and in your house.

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