The pipes in your house, like everything else, get old and will eventually need to be replaced. How do you know when the time has finally come to have your home repiped. Since most pipes are hidden from view, it is difficult to see them getting old. Plumbing issues can quickly or over time cause a host of other issues. It is recommended that you have your plumbing inspected by a trained professional once a year.
There are, however, signs that you can look out for to let you know it is time to get your house re-piped. First of all it there are any leaks in your pipes the water could saturate your walls and floors warping wood and leaving water marks. This may be the cause of unexplained increases in the water bill. Compromised pipe integrity can also cause air to get into the pipes causing noticeable spurts when you turn the water on. It is important to take care of leaks when they are first noticed as they will continue to get worse and can be the cause of water damage to your home and property.
Decreased water pressure, or pressure changes in the shower when a toilet is flushed or water is turned on elsewhere can indicate a problems with the pipes. Buildup inside older pipes could be clocking water flow or corroding the pipes causing leaks. Rusty pipes will need to be replaced. If the water is rusty orange when you first turn on your water, it is unhealthy, dangerous for your water heater, and washer units. They will need to be replaced quickly.
If your house was built between 1987 and 1994 you should have your pipes inspected. Many houses during these years where built with polybutylene pipes. After 1994 these pipes were discontinued because of their tendency to crack and cause house flooding.
If you own an older home or have concerns about the condition of the pipes in your home it is best to have an inspection performed by a certified plumber. If your Oklahoma City home needs to be repiped, call Hull Plumbing at (405) 246-9763 and get started today!