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When Should Old Pipes Be Replaced?

It’s common for homeowners to assume that their home’s plumbing will naturally function and perform smoothly and reliably as long as their house is standing. However, like most things, pipes age and need to be replaced. This is because failing pipes and plumbing will not only inconvenience you and your family but can also lead to significant and costly property damage. Know the signs of when it’s time to replace your old pipes.


When Should Old Pipes Be Replaced


Water Discoloration

Have you noticed that your tap water looks dark or brownish? This can be caused by old pipes. When your water is brown or dark in color, it means that there is corrosion in your pipes, and it is leaving rust as the water passes through them. If left untreated, mineral deposits can clog pipes and build pressure. Eventually, this continued pressure can cause the pipes to burst and cause catastrophic damage to your plumbing system,


Low Water Pressure

The exact cause of low water pressure can be difficult to pinpoint. It could be caused by a simple clog in your plumbing, or it can be caused by pinhole leaks throughout your pipes that are reducing the water pressure. If your low water pressure problem is caused by pinholes, the leaking water can lead to damage to your home’s foundation and framing. Eventually, your home can suffer from wood rot and mold growth. 



One of the most obvious signs that it’s time to replace old pipes is when you see cracks in them. Cracked pipes are easy to spot, and you’ll be able to see water coming out of them as it passes through the plumbing system. Even if the pipe is hidden behind a wall or underneath a floor, it won’t take very long to realize that you need to have your pipes replaced. 



If you feel like the pipes in your home are always clogging, it could be because members of your household are putting items down the drain that shouldn’t be put down there. However, it can also be because of old corroded pipes. Galvanized steel pipes, in particular, are known to corrode. Once corrosion sets in, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll need to replace your plumbing pipes. 


Old Age

The type of pipes you have will determine how often they will need to be replaced. PVC plumbing pipes usually never need to be replaced. All other pipes will need to be replaced at some point. Galvanized pipes usually need to be replaced every 20 to 50 years, brass pipes will need to be replaced every 40 to 45 years, copper pipes need to be replaced around every 50 years, and cast iron pipes will need to be replaced every 75 to 100 years.


Let Michael Runk Replace Your Old Pipes 

Do you need to replace your old pipes? The experts at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating can help! We service Frederick County, Carroll County, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County. Give us a call today at (866) 532-0130 to schedule an appointment. 


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