Plumbing pipes are pretty sturdy, and are meant to last many decades before needing replacement. Sometimes, though, there are circumstances that require early replacement. Many homeowners assume that they don’t have to replace pipes unless there’s a problem with them. If you’re not sure whether or not you need to replace the pipes in your home, read on to find out more.
Since the mid-twentieth century, the majority of plumbing pipes in new homes have been made of copper. This is because copper is corrosion-resistant, doesn’t bleed into the water supply, and lasts quite a long time. However, there are still some homes which have plumbing pipes made of iron, PVC, or even lead. These are all undesirable materials for plumbing, and lead is especially dangerous due to its toxicity. If your home contains any pipes that are made of older materials, you should get rid of them.
Pipes are going to develop the occasional leak here and there, regardless of what they’re made of. These leaks can be patched pretty easily for the most part. In some cases, though, the damage to the pipe is simply too extensive to repair. If you have a pipe that shows a penchant for leaking on a regular basis, it may be time to replace it.
There is some merit to the idea of replacing your plumbing pipes before they fail on their own. All pipes will break, on a long enough timeline. How long that timeline is depends on the material the pipes are made of. Consider replacing the pipes in your home if they’re older than 60 years. You could save yourself from multiple pipe ruptures and thousands of dollars in repair costs.
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