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When to Replace Plumbing

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If you’ve just built your home or it’s only a few years old, chances are your plumbing is outdated. Over time, pipes suffer from the elements, leading to corrosion, rust, and eventual breakdown. However, you don’t have to live in fear that untreated sewage might leak under your home or in your basement. Before disaster strikes, look out for these signs that it’s time to upgrade the plumbing in your Etobicoke, Ontario home. If you have leaks don’t forget to turn off the water before you leave the house. And if you have a big leak, shut off the main valve and call a plumber right away.

Water Discoloration

Unless you are under a boil water ordinance, have well water or live in a rural area, discoloured water is usually a cause for concern. This brown or dark water results from corroded pipes, which cause water to form rust as it passes through them. If left untreated, the mineral deposits can clog the pipes, increasing pressure. The pipes can burst under constant pressure, resulting in significant damage. If you suspect rust or corrosion on your pipes, get them checked by one of our experts as soon as possible.

 

Pipe Material

The plumbing system in your home is made up of a variety of materials, depending on the year it was constructed. The most common materials used in modern systems are brass, copper, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Older structures, on the other hand, utilized cast iron, lead pipes, and galvanized steel pipes. Regardless of the material, each of these plumbing products has an expiration date that you should be aware of to see if you need a replacement. Brass, cast iron, and galvanized steel have an 80-year lifespan, whereas copper has a 70-year lifespan and PVC pipes have a 24- to 45-year life span. In case you have to move plumbing before choosing a material, check how much it costs to move plumbing.

This is rarely a problem in most new construction, but if you live in an older home, you should look at what material the pipes in your home are made of. If you find that your piping is relatively new, you should still consider our preventive maintenance plan to help prevent any future problems.

Lead pipes, however, are a different story. Lead is very toxic, and if consumed in small amounts by children or large amounts by adults, a person can end up in the hospital. Tests can determine how much lead is in each pipe, and if it exceeds the federally mandated level, you should stop using your water immediately.

Low Water Pressure

When you experience weak water pressure while showering or using the sink, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact problem. You may simply have a clog in your plumbing or have leaks or holes in your pipes that reduce water pressure. Leaky pipes can also damage the foundation and framing cause wood rot and mould growth. Mould negatively affects air quality, which is not easy to fix without additional appliances such as an air purifier. At first, you can try using a common drain cleaner and see if it helps solve the problem. Permanent problems require the attention of a plumber or other qualified professional.

Use Exposed Pipes as a Guideline

If your home is 60 years old or older, there is a good chance of open pipes somewhere in the house. Check all the pipes for discoloration, peeling, indentations, bumps and anything else that looks unusual. Typically, the pipes run through the basement, which can give you an idea of the condition of the pipes throughout the house.

You should also pay attention to puddles of water or pipes with signs of moisture buildup. This alerts you to corroded or improperly sealed pipes. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a plumbing overhaul; some pipes just need a good tightening. However, if the leak is significant, it’s time to think about upgrading.

Don’t put off upgrading your plumbing system until it’s too late. Instead, contact the professionals at Plumber Etobicoke Pro for all of your plumbing problems. Our qualified professionals will assess your current plumbing situation and give you sound advice on what to do next. You can contact us at 647-699-1073 to schedule an appointment today.