The plumbing system is a key contributor to environmental pollution, of course, depending on how it is used. It is also crucial in efforts to conserve scarce natural resources and should thus be in the best condition and work efficiently at all times. The unfortunate thing is that the pipes beneath your house just like anything else will not last forever. There comes a time when you need to replace them.
Replacing the whole plumbing system in your house is a project that will take between $4000 and $10000 for a small 1500-square foot home with only two bathrooms. Given the cost, it is important to know when it is necessary to replace your plumbing system.
If you know the pipes that are installed in your home, you know how long they will last. Most probably, if your house was just built recently, the pipes might not need replacement when you are still alive since most last for many decades. Of course, this only applies if the pipes are installed correctly and are well protected and maintained. The supply pipes last relatively shorter and cause a lot of damage if they leak seeing that they are under constant pressure.
Brass pipes last up to 100 years, copper up to 80, galvanized steel up to 100, cast iron up to 100 and PVC or polyvinyl chloride up to 40 years. When pipes are well maintained, they may last longer than the above figures show.
With time, pipes corrode and decay and develop cracks and weak points, depending on the material used. You, therefore, need to keep checking your pipes, especially if you live in a house that is more than 50 years old. Check the exposed pipes to ascertain they are in good shape with no discoloration, stains, dimpling, flaking, and pimples. Check for leaks, especially those that show through your walls. Even small leaks can be indications that your pipes need replacement. In case of any irregularities on the pipes, leaks, or a slow flowing of water you need to call a plumbing contractor to inspect the pipes further and probably replace them. The inspection can be done by plumbers using camera inspection to check more than the exterior condition of the pipes.
For water supply pipes, you can also tell that there’s a problem with the quality of water you get. After water sitting in the pipes for a while, check to see whether it comes out brownish or yellowish. These colors indicate rust and pipes decay.
When you notice the problems above in your Peru home, you need to look at the available plumbing options. If your system needs to be replaced, you need to replace the exposed pipes first as they are easy to access. In-wall pipes also need replacement, but the best time to do so is when you are renovating a section of your house; unless they are leaking.
How long ago your pipes were installed and the material used will also determine when you need to replace them. Therefore, find out when the plumbing of your old house was done so that you can avoid harmful pipes such as lead or polybutylene pipes.
The information above will help you know when to call a plumber for replacement services. S/he will also advise on whether you need to have your system replaced after a thorough inspection.