Here at Anytime Plumbing & Solutions, we understand that pipe replacement is an intimidating prospect for many people. However, failing to replace your pipes when it becomes necessary can lead to extensive property damage, causing far more disruption than a timely replacement would have. To help you avoid this fate, we’ll go over factors that affect pipe performance and lifespan so that you can better tell when it’s time for pipe replacement.
- Pipe Material- The material your home’s pipes are made of has a big impact on their overall lifespan. For example, copper pipes are estimated to last for at least 50 years, while galvanized steel can wear out in as little as 20. You also need to consider the pipe joints, fittings, and mechanical components included in your plumbing system, as problems with these pieces can lead to backups that negatively impact the pipes themselves.
- Pipe Condition- Another big indicator that you need pipe replacement is the condition of those pipes. Obvious cracks or corrosion on your pipes is a clear sign that they need to be replaced soon, as are leaks from them. You may also see other signs of pipe damage, such as wet baseboards or warped flooring.
- Opportunity- At Anytime Plumbing & Solutions, we usually recommend taking the opportunity to replace your pipes as part of any renovation to your kitchen, bathroom, or basement. Even if the pipes in those areas seem fine, having them replaced along with everything else will make it simpler to track future maintenance needs, and remembering a single date makes it easier to give your plumber all the relevant information.