It goes without saying that the average plumbing system in any given home is very large. Yours snakes its way through your household to your bathrooms, kitchen, garage, and more. Most of the pipes involved are hidden from plain view—on purpose. This means, of course, that when you have a plumbing problem, you might not be able to easily detect it. In fact, you probably can’t detect it on your own at all unless it’s evident by water gushing out from behind a wall. If you suspect you have a plumbing problem, you can call our professional plumbers.
But that suspicion has to come from somewhere, right? You have to know what you’re looking and/or listening for. There are a number of signs that indicate you might need pipe repair, or even whole-house repiping in Durham, NC. True, sometimes only partial repiping is needed. But in most cases, at least when we are looking at an older home, a whole-house job would benefit you more. Keep reading to learn more about the signs that you may need whole-house repiping!
Your Pipes are Old
We get it, age is subjective… but we do have specifics!
Up until the 1960’s, professional plumbers used galvanized steel piping for plumbing installations on a regular basis. Galvanized steel is long-lasting, but when we say long-lasting, we mean about 40-50 years. Therefore, if your home is still using it, then you’re almost 20 years overdue for pipe replacement.
Today’s plumbing is constructed of either copper or plastic piping, both of which are longer lasting and don’t experience the problems that aging, galvanized steel pipes do. These problems can include the formation of rust, corrosion, and absorbing contaminants like lead. Therefore, the integrity of your pipes would be at risk and your heat would be at risk too, which is of course just no good!
A couple of leaks here or there might simply mean that you need a small repair here and there, or maybe that you need to repipe one small section of plumbing. But if you have had to repair numerous leaks throughout the years, in different areas of your home, it could very well mean that your plumbing system is failing.
When it comes down to it, repiping is a better option than replacing corroded pipes one by one, as it is more cost effective and more convenient for your schedule.
Mineral Deposit Buildup
Minerals can accumulate in your pipes over time if you have hard water. This is water that has high levels of calcium and magnesium in it. These minerals are absolutely harmless to you, so we aren’t saying this to cause panic. However, hard water can and does cause problems for plumbing appliances, because the buildup eventually causes corrosion.
What are some signs of mineral deposit buildup? Well, have you ever noticed a white or yellow-green substance around fixtures like your faucets and showerheads? Or maybe you’ve seen water spots on your dishes right out of the dishwasher. These are signs of hard water. The good news is that hard water can be resolved with the installation of a whole-house water softener. The bad news is that if you’ve been having this issue for awhile, your pipes are suffering and you may very well need repiping.