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Understanding Old Plumbing and If You Should Upgrade

Everything has a shelf life — including your plumbing. Your pipes can be, quite literally, bright, shiny, and new when they are first installed. However, after a number of years, that isn’t the case anymore.

In order to know when it’s time to say “out with the old, and in with the new” to your plumbing, you need to recognize a few warning signs.

When Should I Upgrade My Plumbing?

When Your Water is Discolored

Over time, the insides of your copper plumbing can corrode and cause your water to become brown, musty, and discolored. This is seriously dangerous for your pipes since all that sediment can cause a clog and, if left untreated, even cause your pipe to burst.

When Your Water Smells Bad

Your water can tell you a lot about the state of your plumbing. If you pour a glass of tap water and it smells funky, that’s likely a sign that bacteria has made a home in your pipes — which, unfortunately, isn’t uncommon in older plumbing. You probably should replace your plumbing to solve that problem.

When There’s Water Damage in Your Home

The entire point of your plumbing is to move water throughout your home in closed pipes. Well, if you notice there’s water damage on your walls and ceilings, that water is no longer contained, and your plumbing is likely full of cracks and leaks — i.e., you need to replace and upgrade it.

When You Have Low Water Pressure

While, yes, low pressure can have a number of causes, one of the major causes can be old and faulty plumbing. Leaky or cracked pipes can cause low water pressure since the water can flow out of the pipes instead of to the intended fixture or appliance. In order to pinpoint the exact cause, you should have a professional take a look at your plumbing.

When Your Pipe Materials are Dangerous

Over the decades, different materials have been used for plumbing pipes. Since each material has a different lifespan, you should look into how long your plumbing’s material lasts.

However, if your home’s plumbing is made of lead, you should replace those pipes right away. Lead is extremely dangerous to your health, and even small quantities present in your water can have serious consequences.

Need to Upgrade Your Plumbing? Trust Mr. Rooter of San Antonio for Help!

Plumbing installation and upgrades are our specialties at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. Our skilled plumbing professionals will efficiently install your new equipment and configure it to work flawlessly with your existing plumbing and sewer systems.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule a service.