Do you own an older home in the San Antonio area? If you do, you are probably already aware that older homes eventually need renovations & improvements like replacement of outdated components. Plumbing is one utility system that many older homes will need to improve & repair eventually. When older pipes and fixtures break & rupture, the escaping water can cause additional problems and detrimental damage to your home.
If you are not sure if your plumbing needs replacement, here are 5 situations where you should consider plumbing replacement or repair.
- Leaky faucets and fixtures. One of the most noticeable signs that your plumbing is outdated are leaking faucets or fixtures. Did you know a leaky faucet can waste up to 4,000 gallons of water over the course of a year? If you have one or more faucets, showerheads or other fixture that leak or drip, you should replace them to reduce water waste.
- Noises in the plumbing. Do you hear strange sounds when you turn on your water? Some noises like hammering or rattling can be fixed without replacing the entire plumbing. Your water pressure may be too high or some brackets may be loose. However, other noises could mean your water heater is having problems. It is best to have the problem diagnosed by a professional plumber.
- Wet areas in your yard. Are there areas in your yard that are wetter than the surrounding soil? You may have a leaking or broken water pipe under the ground. Old sewer pipes, as well as a main water supply line, often cracks at the joints or corrosion area allowing sewage to seep out. Keep an eye out for wet areas where a pipe may have broken underground. Also, if all the drains in your home are slow, it could mean a clogged or broken sewer pipe that needs replacement.
- Lifespan. What type of materials were used in your plumbing? The lifespan of supply lines inside your home depends on the material. Most plumbing like copper, brass and galvanized steel can last about 80 years, but polybutylene pipes used in the 70’s through the 90’s have a much shorter lifespan. Also, drain lines made of PVC only last about 25-40 years and may need to be replaced soon.
- Lead pipes. If you have any lead pipes in your plumbing, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. These old pipes can release lead into your drinking water, creating a health hazard for your family.
Still not sure if you should replace the plumbing in your old home? The best way to know for sure is to have a plumbing inspection performed by our experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating & Air. We can quickly determine the quality of your plumbing system and offer an honest evaluation consultation. If you need plumbing replacement or repairs, our qualified plumbers can fix the problem quickly and make sure every repair is done right. Check out our list of plumbing services or call us today at (210) 491-0309 to speak to one of our friendly plumbing specialists.