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When To Replace Home Plumbing

24 Oct

When To Replace Home Plumbing

All parts of a home require maintenance. After some time, plumbing may need to be replaced due to decay caused by rust or corrosion. Unless pipes are replaced, the system can develop leaks. This can cause flooding of the home with either fresh water or raw sewage, resulting in thousands of dollars in damage to the home and belongings. The type of pipes installed in the home play a big part in determining their life expectancy. Older lines, made compounds including brass, copper cast iron or galvanized steel have relatively long life expectancy. Newer pipes, mad of PVC may only be rated at 25-40 years before they need to be replaced. In general, homeowners should make annual inspections of lines over 60 years in age. Lead pipes and polybutylene supply lines should be replaced immediately. Lead can leach into the drinking supply and affect resident’s health. Polybutylene pipes were used from the 1970s-1990s but are prone to breakage. Observe the color of water drawn into the bathtub to evaluate the condition of the pipes. Water with brown or rust color, especially noticeable when taps have not been used for several days, indicates corrosion in the supply. Homeowners may need to have these pipes replaced, but certainly should begin with an inspection. Some homeowners will want to replace lines all at once, while others may begin by replacing exposed lines. As the home is renovated, pipes can be replaced before new walls are installed. Open crawlspaces and basements may provide easy access to lines. If homes last long enough, eventually all plumbing needs replacement. While some materials have a longer life than others, owners should keep an eye open for leaks. Once leaks develop in one part of the system, it is likely that others may follow quickly. Homeowners often avoid major disaster by replacing lines before they fail due to age. Roto Rooter has plumbing . Their skilled team is ready to help you with all of your plumbing needs. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (http://www.rotorooter.com/worcesterma)

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