Should Get a Plumbing Upgrade? How to Decide

Should Get a Plumbing Upgrade? How to DecideIf you’re like most homeowners, you may not pay a lot of attention to the plumbing system in your home until age-related issues start to develop. You can avoid the headaches of dealing with serious leaks that cause costly water damage and require extensive repairs if you learn how to spot the subtle warning signs that a plumbing upgrade is needed.

Warning Signs That Tell You A Plumbing Upgrade May Be Necessary

If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, now’s the time to get the advice of a licensed plumbing contractor to help you decide if it’s time for a plumbing upgrade:

  • Older galvanized pipes. Galvanized pipes were frequently installed up until the 1960s. Because the outside is treated against corrosion, these pipes can still look good even when they’re badly deteriorated.
  • Incompatible materials. If part of your plumbing system was replaced, your pipes may be decaying faster than expected due to metal incompatibility, which occurs when copper and galvanized pipes are joined without dielectric unions.
  • Advancing system age. Many of the common plumbing components and materials used for older residential systems have an expected lifespan of around 60 years. If your home is near that age and no plumbing upgrades have been made, replacing the pipes now can let you prevent serious problems in the near future.
  • Pipe deterioration. Check the accessible pipes in your basement, under the bathroom and kitchen sinks and around the water heater periodically for evidence of decay, such as dimpling, flaking and discoloration. If you spot these signs of deterioration, it’s probably occuring in the pipes hidden behind your walls and ceilings too.
  • Leaks and pressure loss. Minor leaks, old water stains beneath plumbing pipes, frequent clogs or a slow decline in water pressure throughout your home points to widespread plumbing system deterioration that shouldn’t be ignored.
  • Discolored water. If your water has a brown or organgish tinge when you fill the bathtub, it’s likely that the interior of your pipes are rusting.

For advice about whether your Grand Traverse County home needs a plumbing upgrade, contact us at Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about plumbing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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