Residential plumbing is designed to last for many, many years, but as with most things, nothing lasts forever. Just like you need to replace worn hoses under the hood of your car, your home is going to, at some point, need to have plumping pipes and fixtures replaced as they age and suffer wear and tear. The following is a brief guideline that offers info on suggested and required plumbing expectations. If your home fits the bill for any of these don�t hesitate to reach out to your local plumber.
Age of Pipes
Both supply lines and drain pipes may need replacement at some point. Supply lines, which are under constant pressure, can cause serious water damage if they begin to leak. Depending on the material the pipes of your home are made of they have specific lifespans. Brass pipes will last between 80-100 years, copper is between 70-80 years, and galvanized steel will last between 80-100 years as well. Drain lines are generally made of cast iron (80-100 years) or PVC (25-40 years). If your pipes are older than their suggested lifespan don't hesitate to have them replaced or else you run the risk of a leak.
Outdated Pipe Materials
Lead pipes were commonly used in the early 1900s and have a life expectancy of up to 100 years or more. While durable, they need to be replaced immediately if found, as they can bleed lead into your drinking water, posing a serious health hazard. Another material that needs to be replaced is polybutylene, which was common to use between the 1970s and 1990s. These pipes are highly prone to cracks and other splitting issues. If you have either of these types of pipes in your home be sure to replace them ASAP.
Visible Signs of a Problem
If you notice any signs of a water leak, such as wet or dark spots on the floor, ceiling, or wall, mold growth, or can constantly hear the sound of running, call in a plumber for an inspection. Additionally, be sure to take note of the condition of exposed piping, and the color of the water as it comes out of faucets and fixtures. Any changes to these should be cause enough to contact a plumber.
Going Green & Keeping Up with Technology
Even if you're not experiencing any issues currently, you can still perform upgrades to plumbing fixtures that will help reduce your water bill. This may include a tankless water heater or a low-flow toilet.
If your home is in need of plumbing upgrades in Kingwood, TX or the surrounding communities get in touch with GAP Plumbing. We offer complete commercial and residential plumbing services, including upgrades, repairs, and water softeners. Give us a call at (281) 645-5406 to request more information or to schedule an appointment with a professional Kingwood plumber that services, Humble, Fall Creek, and Spring.