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Do My Pipes Need to Be Replaced?

All homeowners eventually have to make financial decisions for the good of their homes that may not have been worked into the budget at first, but which can protect them from financial burden and a major hassle in the future. One such situation occurs when you run into trouble with the pipes. While this won’t always indicate the need for plumbing replacement, it’s often better for the well-being of your home and your family members. How can you tell when it’s time for your older pipes to go?


In many instances, a professional plumber can repair the area from which water leaks out of your pipes. But if older pipes show any signs of corroding, it’s usually better to replace them. Galvanized pipes were initially chosen for use in plumbing because they were designed to avoid corrosion with a coating of zinc on the inside of the pipe. Unfortunately, this layer wears away as well after several decades, and once a single part of your galvanized pipes begin to corrode, the entire piping system is soon to follow.

There are instances in which newer copper pipes corrode, a problem known as pitting corrosion. In some cases, this affects a widespread area of the pipes, but in other cases, it is limited to a single area, and your plumber can replace only that section of piping. The most important thing is that you get the problem repaired quickly.

Old Age

Most homeowners choose not to replace their pipes until something goes wrong, but the added cost of waiting can be quite high. Choosing to replace your pipes before they begin to fail can save you money and time. You won’t have to worry about the cost of cleaning up after a leaky water or sewer pipe, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your pipes can remain in good shape for several decades to come. The lifespan of galvanized steel pipes is usually no longer than 50 years, while copper pipes may last a couple of decades longer. Ask a technician whether it’s a good idea to replace your piping today.

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