6 Signs You Have Old Pipes

If you have an older home, it’s time to think about the consequences of aging pipes. While you might not have pipe replacement on the brain right now, it’s something you need to seriously consider if you have a home built 30, 40, or 50+ years ago. Yes, it’s true. Pipe replacement isn’t a cheap plumbing job, but it always costs less to be proactive and make changes before you’re forced to because of a busted pipe or water quality issues.

In this post, we talk about how to determine how old your pipes are and what you need to do if you discover you have age-related pipe problems.

How to Tell If You Have Old Pipes

The most obvious way to determine if your pipes are getting up there in age is to know when your home was built. As we mentioned earlier, homes built over three decades ago can start to show signs of wear and tear. However, just because you have an older home doesn’t mean it has old pipes. If you bought the house from someone else, did you ask if the home had pipe replacement? This is valuable information to know, but it’s usually only realized in hindsight. Most people who purchase pre-owned homes don’t know how old the pipes are. Therefore, you have to rely on other signs.

The following signs don’t necessarily mean you have old pipes, but if the house is older, the chances are higher this is the case.

  1. Frequent clogs: Over time, dirt and other debris builds up inside the pipe walls. Even if the home has high-quality piping material, over time this material begins to erode. When you combine these two issues, you get pipes that clog more often.
  2. Unclogging issues: Are you having problems unclogging your pipes even with professional drain cleaning services? The issue might not be so much the clog as with your pipes.
  3. Low water pressure: As pipe material breaks down, it causes constriction of the pipe. This makes it harder for water to get through the pipe and to your faucets. If you have a sudden drop in water pressure, this indicates a crack in the pipe. However, most people with older pipes see the water pressure decrease slowly, resulting in a flow that isn’t consistent or strong.
  4. High water bill: Did you know pipe corrosion uses more water? If you notice your water bill getting higher and higher, have your pipes inspected.
  5. Pipe leaks: Over time, your pipes’ inner walls start to break down. This causes tiny leaks to form. If you have pipes constantly springing leaks, call a plumber to check out the problem.
  6. Water discoloration: When pipes corrode, tiny pieces of the pipe get into the water. Not only does this cause discoloration, but people also complain the water tastes metallic.

What Do I Do If I Have Old Pipes?

What you shouldn’t do is panic. While old pipes need attention, you have time to make repairs. You also might not need to replace the entire plumbing system. Sometimes all you need is an underground leak fixed, tree roots removed from the sewer line, or a small section of pipe replaced.

If you do need new pipes, there are options. To find out what’s happening with your home’s plumbing system, you must contact a licensed plumber to visit your home and inspect the piping.

How to Preserve Your Pipes

We have some good news. Did you know many pipes last a lifetime with proper maintenance? When you monitor your home’s water pressure, take steps to keep hard water out of your home, and make sure any additional piping is installed correctly, you have a lower risk of needing whole-house pipe replacement. Maintaining your pipes also helps you retain your home’s value.

Do you need pipe replacement or pipe repair? Contact Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter. We work with your budget, time frame, and make sure you get the best plumbing service in Southern California. Our plumbers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all your emergency plumbing needs. Call us at (888) 668-8922.