When To Replace Old Plumbing

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Blog Highlights

  • Darkly colored water often indicates corrosion of the pipes
  • Typically your water should be odorless
  • One thing that can help make your pipes last longer is regular maintenance and upkeep

Plumbing and pipes can last a long time; however, as with anything that undergoes regular wear and tear, at some point they will need to be replaced. If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, there are several signs to look for that indicate you’re plumbing needs to be updated.

Mold or Water Damage

Sometimes leaks happen. Most of the time leaks are easy to spot and you can fix them quickly or hire a plumber to fix the faulty pipes or fixtures for you. However, sometimes leaks happen behind walls, under floors, or above ceilings. These leaks usually go unnoticed until a large brown stain appears or you start to smell hints of mildew and mold. In these cases, there can already be quite a bit of damage and it is important to call your local plumber immediately.

Water That Isn’t Clear

If you start to notice that the water coming from your faucet or faucets is tinged with color and generally not clean and clear, you may have a problem. Darkly colored water often indicates corrosion of the pipes. Once your pipes begin to disintegrate, the water can carry rust from the pies into your sinks, toilets, and tubs.

In general, rusty water is not safe to use. It can also lead to more serious plumbing issues such as clogging. Once sediments build up in the pipe, creating a reduced water flow, the increased pressure on the eroding pipes can cause them to burst. Whenever you notice a change in the color of your water, you should contact your plumber. It’s better to treat issues as early as possible to prevent more severe damage.

Water That Smells

Typically your water should be odorless. If you start to notice a smell, especially that of rotten eggs, coming from your water, this is likely an indication that you have a problem with your pipes. Smelly water is the result of bacteria building up in your pipes. When this happens, the best course of action is to replace your pipes.

Part of owning a home is being prepared to replace items when they break. One thing that can help make your pipes last longer is regular maintenance and upkeep. Keep an eye on your plumbing and be aware of these sings. If you start to notice that something is not quite right, don’t hesitate to call in a professional.

Do you suspect a problem with your pipes? Contact us today for consultations and repairs!

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