As decades pass, your home’s water pipes gradually corrode, requiring necessary replacement. However, regular plumbing maintenance can help prevent having to replace your entire system, as well as the expensive costs involved.
If your house is over 50 years old, it is imperative to annually look at any exposed piping found in basements, utility rooms, and crawlspaces to look out for telltale signs of future (expensive) plumbing issues. Furthermore, please inspect underneath sinks in your bathrooms and kitchen.
The following are common ways to check for piping problems:
- Check for any stains. Inspect the walls and surfaces underneath piping which indicate leaks. Despite not seeing any drips, stains often signifies a past leak.
- Watch out for leaks. Small leaks can be easily repaired. But if you are experiencing leaks and their repairs on a constant basis, then it might be time to replace your entire plumbing system.
- Inspect the tubing. Look for any signs of stains, discoloration, dimpling, flaking, or pimples. These are all indications of corrosion.
- Look at the color of the water. When you fill up your bathtub and check for any discoloration, especially after a vacation since the water has been sitting in the pipes for a while. If the water appears yellow or brown, then it is a sign of rust and decay inside the pipes. Consider replacing your plumbing as soon as possible.