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Is It Time To Replace Your Pipes?

24 March

Home repairs can take a lot of time; no wonder people like to avoid it!

Especially when it comes to plumbing issues, some homeowners may feel overwhelmed by the repairs that lie ahead. However, ignoring the piping issues will not magically solve it. Thus, taking a bit of time to inspect the smaller issues can save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.

The thing is, replacing pipes is rarely a straightforward job. Instead, it requires the evaluation of a few piping issues like leaks, corrosions, cracks in pipes, and others. This is why we have compiled a few steps to help you understand when your pipes need to be replaced.

How Do Pipes Wear Out?

Think of it this way – your plumbing system is always in action. This means that your pipes do not get a break, which can cause wear over many years. After using a pipe for ten years, you can’t expect it to remain the same, don’t you think?

Also, pipes are usually made of metal which is susceptible to corrosion. And the water running through our systems has chemicals or pH levels that are not ideal for keeping the pipes in good shape. Sometimes, the water is hard and loaded with minerals that corrode the insides of your pipes.

Often, trace elements of minerals weaken the pipes, making it difficult for water to flow correctly in its designated direction. This can change the water pressure and can build unnecessary strain on the pipe walls causing them to crack.

And it is not only the minerals but also heavy metals that can lead to an internally damaged pipe. After a point, it is also impossible to reverse this damage, which is when it becomes crucial to replace them.

How Will I Know If My Pipes Are Corroded?

You can see pipe corrosion only when the pipes are unscrewed and exposed. But there are a few ways to tell if your pipes are indeed rusting from within. First of all, the water will taste funny, but we don’t recommend drinking it if the water has a strange colour or odour. Frequent clogging of toilets or shower drains could also point to this issue.

In our experience, if one section of the pipe needs removal, it is highly likely that the rest of the piping is suffering a similar fate. However, remember that this holds true only for the old and worn-out pipes.

Six Signs You Need A Pipe Replacement

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1. Frequent Leaks

A leaking pipe could mean many things– either there are cracks in the structure or the joints are weak after ensuing wear and tear. It could also mean some of the screws have loosened, thus causing water to drip out.

The problem with leaky pipes is that they seem pretty harmless at first because the water dripping does not come to your attention. But, as time goes by, the pipe may give way under pressure, and the amount of water leaking can increase suddenly.

Yes, if it is a minor issue, you can hire a plumber to take care of the leak without replacing the entire structure. But if the problem is recurring, it could mean that it is time to replace the pipes.

2. Discoloured Water

When you turn on the kitchen or bathroom faucets, the only thing you should see is clear water. It is definitely strange if the water appears muddy, yellowish, brown, or has some sediments floating in it. Before jumping to conclusions, check with your local water supplier if there are any pipe repairs in your area.

Sometimes, the water may be dirty temporarily due to some repair work with the water pipes. On the other hand, it could also mean that the inside of your pipes was rusting and corroded, which would explain the colour change.

Wait for a day to see if the issue resolves and clear water comes back again. If the water does not return to its normal colour, contact a plumber to get your pipes checked. In the meantime, avoid drinking from those taps and do not use the water in your cooking.

3. Reduced Water Pressure

When the water pressure in your pipes reduces, it might be a cause for concern. Similar to the discoloured water situation, it does not have to mean that the problem is directly linked to the pipes in your home. It could be a local issue affecting all other homes in the vicinity.

But there is a way to determine if the issue is widespread, affecting all neighbours or whether the pressure is low only in your home. Notice how frequently this issue occurs. If the pressure reduces once and everything is back to normal, there’s no need for action.

However, if this seems to be an ongoing issue, the plumbing system might require repair or replacement.

4. Cracks In The Pipes

Cracks make themselves apparent very quickly in pipes, and you do not have to go looking for this sign. You will be able to see a crack on the pipe if it has one. In the case where the pipe is hidden behind the walls, you can still hear the hissing and gurgling sounds that occur only when a pipe is damaged.

If the damage is sizable, it will not be long before your walls and floors end up soaking wet. If you find wet spots around the house, do not ignore them; it may indicate a broken pipe in dire need of replacement.

Burst Corroded Pipe That Needs To Be Replaced

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The last thing you want is to waste a perfectly good pipe by replacing it with a new one. So, we hope this short guide helped you figure out which piping incidences to keep a lookout for.

Apart from the above signs, you should also keep track of the fluctuation of your water bills. If the bills are running sky-high without using extra water, there could be a hidden leak in the piping.

For pipes that are leaking, cracked or broken, there is another alternative for pipe replacement called pipe relining. This form of pipe repair is a less-intrusive method that replaces the pipe’s damaged area with a new epoxy layer. Pipe relining is a permanent solution and is more durable than most pipes.

In any case, do not hesitate to contact a professional to fix the matter for you. A licensed plumber can easily resolve all your piping issues, so you do not have to worry about them again. So, contact one today to get your pipes professionally inspected.

If you require a plumber on the Gold Coast, speak to the team at Gold Coast Plumbing Company. We are a professional, reliable and friendly plumbing company specialising in commercial and residential pipe repair.