Your shower, laundry, dishwasher, etc. are all made possible by your plumbing. Sadly, it’s easy to take your pipes and water for granted. This can lead to any number of problems…Expensive problems. Here, we will be going over the 5 signs it’s time to update your plumbing. If you manage to find your home falling into one of these, then it’s time to contact a local plumber for further instructions.
1. Pipe Life
In newer homes, pipes are made from either PVC, brass, or copper. However, in older homes, they used different materials like cast iron, galvanized steel, or lead. It’s time to update your pipes if they are nearing the end of their life. And now, lead pipes are not an ideal choice because of safety concerns. In new construction homes, you usually won’t run into these problems, but if you have a home that’s been passed down from previous generations, it’s a good idea to check on them.
2. Low Water Pressure
An obvious sign of a plumbing problem is when water pressure becomes weak. Because there could be a multitude of reasons why this is happening, it’s best to try the process of elimination. If you can’t pinpoint the problem, then it could be a deeper-rooted cause. In that case, you should contact a local plumber for further inspection.
3. Water Discoloration
A huge warning sign is your water quality. If you are in a more rural area this may not be a cause for concern, but if you are in a larger suburban area then it very well could be a health risk. Pipes corrode over time and can cause your water to become discolored. Rust and mineral deposits build up in the piping and can clog the water flow. If you notice foggy or bubbly water, check out how our blog addresses that specific issue. If you need further assistance, contact Knight Plumbing for a diagnosis.
4. Aesthetic Fixtures
This one is more of a preference. If it’s time to update your bathroom or kitchen, you may need to move some things around. This means having the pipes reconfigured by a plumber. You may want to consider upgrading your fixtures along the way too. Luckily, if you need to move the pipes around, this gives you an excuse to upgrade your space. That stainless steel farmhouse sink can become a reality. Looks aside, a new fixture can give you that little touch of high-end plumbing.
5. Lack of Hot Water
Steamy showers and warm washing water have been a luxury item for most American households. For most, it has become a necessity. Not having hot water could be a sign that your hot water heater has reached the end of its lifespan. Traditional water heaters have a lifespan of about 8-12 years, while tankless pushes this life limit to 20 years. Knowing when your water heater is about to give is a practical way to save you a lot of headaches and money. Plus if it is time to replace your water heater, then you can easily call a plumber to install your new heater.