There are a number of visible signs that the pipes in your home may need to be replaced. Damage from leaking water or sewage pipes can potentially lead to thousands of dollars of costly repairs and replacements. Knowing the early warning signs can help homeowners know when it’s time to re-pipe.
Regardless of the materials they are made from, pipes that are well maintained in a cared for home will last longer. However, if you did not buy a new home, it may be impossible to completely know its history and what might be lurking behind the walls. Different types of pipes have longer natural lifespans. Brass water supply lines, for example, can last up to 100 years, whereas PVC (most often used for drain lines) has a lifespan of about 15 to 25 years. Many older homes have pipes made of copper. It is important to know that these copper pipes do not last long in Centeral Florida and can cause property damage if a leak occurs.
Here are a few visual indications that it may be time to re-pipe:
- Small leaks involving exposed piping (generally found in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms)
- Signs of corrosion in exposed or under-sink tubes and pipes, including stains or discoloration and flaking
- Discolored water coming from bathroom faucets after non-use – if it’s brown or yellow, that could mean rust
Trust the Experts
If you suspect that your pipes need some attention, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Jeff’s Kitchen Bath and Beyond. We can help you combine your re-pipe with a planned renovation, or replace pipes if damage has already occurred. For a free consultation, call us today at (407) 968-1801.