As dependable as the pipes in our home can be, there comes a time when even the most reliable plumbing can fail due to corrosion. Eventually, they will cause a leak that could be extremely costly if not caught in time. But how can you tell whether you’re pipes or in good shape, or if your home will need repiping? Here are some of the warning signs that you should call a professional as soon as possible.
You Live in an Old House
Pipes are incredibly resilient, fighting the elements for decades. But after a certain amount of time they can show a great deal of wear and tear. Brass pipes can last up to 100 years, as can pipes made of galvanized steel or cast iron. PVC pipes, on the other hand, typically have a lifespan of about 40 years. You can check your home inspection report to see what type of piping you have and the age of your pipes, or you can call a qualified plumber to check it for you.
Your Pipes are Made of Polybutylene or Lead
If you have either one of these kinds of pipes in your home, you will need to call a pro for a repiping job. The reason is that pipes made out of these materials are dangerous. Lead, for example, can leach into water and cause developmental delays (both mental and physical) in children. Polybutylene pipes were used in a lot of homes built between the 1970s and 1990s. They are very prone to breaking because they are of such poor quality.
You Have a Leak
This is the surest sign of all that you might need repiping. If one pipe is leaking, that means the rest of them are at risk of doing the same thing because, more than likely, they are all the same age and have been subjected to the same amount of pressure over the years.
Get in touch with the experts at Reichelt Plumbing to find out whether or not you need repiping. Contact us online or call (219) 322-4906 to schedule an appointment.