10 Aug Need a Pipe Replacement? Time to Call an Experienced Denver Plumber
According to the article, Do You Need to Replace Your Plumbing? on houselogic.com:
Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes inside your house. Over the decades, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays. Unless you replace plumbing, you’re eventually going to get leaks, and possibly a flood of water or raw sewage into your home that causes thousands of dollars in damage to your building and belongings. But is a plumbing disaster imminent or just a concern for the distant future? Replacing old pipes in a 1,500 square foot, two-bathroom home costs $4,000 to $10,000, and requires cutting open walls and floors, so you certainly don’t want to do the job before it’s necessary.
Signs of plumbing rust in your water might call for pipe replacement, a major issue that should be handled only by a professional Denver plumber. Knowing how a minor corrosion can lead to bigger problems like leaks and flooding, a homeowner should understand when pipes must necessarily be replaced or when a repair will suffice.
Different types of pipes are used to create a plumbing system that works properly. A plumber called in for pipe replacement has to first find out the age of the pipes currently installed and the material component of these pipes. Supply pipes can last for 70-100 years, cast iron drain pipes for 80-100 years, and PVC drain pipes for 25-40 years.
If, upon checking, your plumber finds that your pipes are made of lead or polybutylene, have them replaced immediately. Polybutylene pipes, often found in older houses (from the early 1900s), are a serious health hazard, as lead can mix with your water supply. Lead pipes are also too fragile for long-term use and may eventually cause leaks or flooding in houses.
As with anything found in the house, pipes will eventually sustain water damage. Take the time to check your exposed pipes for any signs of corrosion such as discoloration, flaking, and stains. When coming from a long vacation, check the color of your water; if the water is brownish-yellow, there may be rust on the inside of your pipes.
At the first sign of a water piping problem, enlist the professional services of a plumber in Denver such as those at Total Plumbing, Inc.