Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Home’s Plumbing?

 Is It Time to Repair or Replace Your Home’s Plumbing?

Considering a reparation or a complete replacement of your plumbing system can seem like a stressful endeavor. To make it easier, let’s break it down. There are three things you want to examine to determine whether your next step is to replace, or repair.

Three Determinants of Plumbing Quality

  • Home Age
  • Pipe Material
  • Imminent or Preventive

Addressing these three gives you the right framework for present and future plumbing investments. It is recommended to take all these into account and form a maintenance schedule with a Copper Pipe Replacement Company, (or other piping material) to keep long term costs low.

Home Age

Home age can sometimes be determined through non-invasive measures, such as looking at the type of tub you have or the types of nails used in your foundation (like iron). However, when it comes to plumbing, home Age is important in that it assists in deducing what kind of pipes you are dealing with. If your home is 60 years or older it is highly recommended that you test your water for lead, as this was a commonly used material in older homes and can be toxic. Once this is ruled out it is possible you may have exposed pipes in your house that you can examine for discoloration or flaking.These may be mild signs that need repair, or may also point to a greater issue. Below are the common types of piping material, their typical use which would help you locate them, how long they last, and their most common issues.

Pipe Material

Brass pipes

lasts 80-100 years| commonly used for water or gas | most common issue is that if there is some lead in your pipes it can leak into water.

Cast Iron

lasts 80-100 years | commonly used for water, gas, sewage | common issues with developing odors, mold, back-ups.

Galvanized Steel

lasts 80-100 years | commonly used for water | can sometimes cause low water pressure


lasts 70-80 years | commonly used for water, refrigerant lines (HVAC)| can have issues with corrosion and leakage


lasts 24-45 years | commonly used for water mains, irrigation | PVC pipe problems or failures are usually caused by improper installation and/or insulation. External materials like rocks can indent the plastic pipes or excessive sun exposure can inhibit proper function.

Determining issues with your plumbing might still be possible even if you cannot find exposed pipe. If you have low water pressure, it could indicate leaks or clogs which can be detrimental to the foundation of your home through possible rotting of wood and mold development which can inhibit good air quality.

Another issue with pipes can be corrosion, which causes water discoloration and can lead to clogs and pip bursts due to pressure buildup.

The most common types of piping used in homes today are Copper and PVC. With this in mind, if you encounter any of the above issues or more, calling a PVC, or Copper Pipe Replacement Company to check your plumbing at least every 2 years is paramount to determining repair and avoiding larger costs.

Imminent or Preventive Measures

Why repair or replace? Some homeowners insurance policies typically cover sudden and unexpected damage. The issue with this is most issues with plumbing can be gradual in nature which could be excluded in your coverage. Piping issues can quickly become imminent in nature and the consequences of leaving any damage without repair or at the very least regular maintenance checks can become costly. Regular repairs, check-ins and replacements can be handled by professionals and will ensure optimal functioning for your home.


Daniel Donny

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