Pipes corrode and fail for a variety of reasons, including their age and the quality of the materials from which they’re made. If your pipes have never been replaced, and you have an older home, it’s worth considering repiping to protect your home from water damage caused by bursts and leaks. Call Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air for a consultation.
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Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Pipes
As mentioned above, older pipes are prone to corrosion and failure, and the average lifespan of your plumbing can range from 25 to 80 years. However, hiring a repipe contractor to repipe your home before they fail has advantages, including adding value to your home should you sell it, and giving you better quality drinking water.
Depending on the size of your home, repiping takes anywhere from a couple of days to a week.
At Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ll inspect your plumbing to see what state it’s in and whether you can benefit from repiping.
Signs You Need Whole House Repiping
While there’s no definitive time in which you should replace your pipes, there are signs to watch for that signal your plumbing is beginning to deteriorate. Watch out for these symptoms.
- Leaks – A leak can result from a variety of reasons, but if you have continuous leaks to contend with, it’s a sure sign that your pipes are old and need replacing.
- Corrosion – If you see stains, discoloration, flaking, or rust on the pipes, it means they’re corroding, making them likely to leak.
- Age – Pipes installed back in the 70s and before were often made from galvanized steel and are likely getting in bad shape today.
- Low Water Pressure – While low water pressure occurs for various reasons, one could be that sediment is built up in the pipes, causing a blockage.
- Discolored Water – If the water coming out of the faucet has a yellow, brown, or red tint, it’s a sign of sediment buildup and corrosion.
If you notice any of the above problems, call Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air, for help.
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How to Protect Your Plumbing
If you’re like most Dayton, OH homeowners, you don’t think about your plumbing until there’s a problem. However, you can avoid expensive repairs and water damage caused by bursts by becoming aware of how to protect your pipes. Here are a few tips:
- Watch What Goes Down the Drain – To avoid clogs and blockages, be mindful of what you put down the drain. For example, don’t pour cooking grease down the drain in the kitchen, put it in the trash or compost heap, instead. In the bathroom, only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Also, consider using mesh traps in your drains to stop debris from going down.
- Don’t Use Chemicals – Although the commercials make these products look like the easy way to deal with clogs, the truth is that harsh chemical products can damage pipes, leading to water leaks or worse. Better to guard against clogs or calling in a professional when you have a blockage.
- Prevent Freezing Pipes – Freezing pipes are the number one cause of bursts, and you can protect your pipes from freezing by adding insulation, heat tape, and directing heat to areas where pipes are most likely to freeze.