Replacing Pipes Is Necessary with All Plumbing Systems
It is very essential to frequently check your pipes for any problem, most especially if you are living in a very old house. Your pipes will begin to show some signs of a problem as your plumbing system ages. You can only see these indications if and only if you are frequently checking your pipes. Otherwise, missing these signs may lead to serious and costly damage. You need to check the places in your home that you are less likely to think about; areas like the basements, utility rooms, crawlspaces, etc., and look out for any of the problems outlined below. Seeing any of the problems below indicates that replacing pipes or repairing them is needed.
Leaks: A small leak can indicate a serious problem and you may need to consider replacing pipes. Possibly, the pipes may be as old as the house itself and they may be rusting already. If there’s an accumulation of mold or mildew on your bathroom wall or somewhere else in your house, it shows that your pipe is leaking. It is very common for mold to grow in a moist environment, and a leaking pipe makes provision for that condition. This usually occurs when the leakage occurs in a pipe that is buried under a floor or behind a wall. Well, it may not be a serious situation if you spot some mildew in your shower. However, seeing it anywhere in your house shows that there’s a serious problem. It is very easy to detect mold and mildew through their musty smell. If you can still perceive this smell after scrubbing your home, then you should know that there’s a leak somewhere.
Tube Rusting: When your pipe tubing is dimpling or flaking, it means the pipe is rusting and it is time for replacing the pipes. Moreover, if your water is acidic, it can lead to corrosion of the pipes which would probably lead to a leak or pipe burst. In addition, a copper pipe that is idle for a very long time can corrode and water may react with the flux that connects the pipes.
Colored Water: You should call a plumber the moment you see colored water coming out of your pipe. It indicates that the pipe has rust already. Rust will harden your water as well as give it a bad taste. The hardened water will hardly rinse out soap from your clothing, your skin, and dishes.
Stains: In some cases, you can see stains or discoloration on the walls of your house. This is also an indication that something is wrong with your piping system. For instance, if you look at the ceiling of a room that is directly under a second-floor bathroom and you see some stains, it shows that there is a leakage somewhere. If the ceiling seems to be unstained, then check the nearby walls for any stains. If there’s any, it shows that the leak is farther down a pipe. You should also check the wall of your bathroom for any signs of stain or warp. It may be that the wall has become moist and is bubbling already. In such a case, the wall will start warping first and then break apart. You may require the assistance of a professional plumber and a contractor to come and fix the problem.
There are many ways you can know if your pipes have worn out or not. Only a few have been listed above. If you want to have a safe and secure home but you don’t have the time and the resources to check the piping system yourself, you can call a professional plumber to come to help you with the inspection, maintenance, and replacement of pipes.
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