Replacing water pipes and other plumbing fixtures is a responsibility that every homeowner should take seriously. Plumbing components are like other material features in your home; everything will wear out eventually. Timely replacement of water pipes can prevent water leaks and faucet issues, which can be both messy and expensive. Here’s a guide on how to determine if it’s time for some replacements.
Your home’s supply pipes withstand great amounts of water pressure every day. Thus, they are more prone to damage and routine wear and tear. Fortunately, most supply pipes are designed to last for decades. So, if your home isn’t very old, you probably won’t have to replace your supply pipes any time soon. The expected lifespan of copper-based pipes is between 70 and 80 years while galvanized steel pipes can last for 80 to 100 years.
If you encounter a faucet problem, whether, with your bathroom or kitchen sink, it can normally be corrected without considerable effort or resorting to drastic measures. If you notice a water leak, low water pressure, rust enveloping the faucet, or any other common issue, it can usually be repaired by a plumbing professional the same day. You may have to replace the line or the fixture.
Drain lines can be damaged by surrounding tree roots, extreme weather conditions, and normal wear and tear. Fortunately, like supply pipes, drain lines are made from materials that are designed to last for long periods of time. Plastic PVC pipes, for instance, last for 25 to 40 years. New cast iron pipes won’t need to be replaced for 80 to 100 years.
The wax seal on your toilet pipes can last for about 20 to 30 years. The levers, flappers, valves, and fittings, however, are only good for a few years. As for the toilet handle, there is no recommended time. When the toilet fails to fully flush, it’s a sign that you need to replace some of the components.
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Our team of professionals at Dog House has been serving the people of Freeport and the surrounding areas for over a decade. If you need inspection, assessment, maintenance, repair, or installation of any pipes or components, rely on us. We provide a full line of plumbing services. For your home comfort, we offer installation, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling equipment as well. Contact us today to discuss any of our services.