When is it Time to Replace your Plumbing?
Unless your home is relatively new, there is always a chance that it may need to start thinking about replacing your old plumbing. It would be a waste to replace perfectly good plumbing, but how do you know when it is too old? Over time all plumbing/pipes are affected by the elements and can start to corrode and rust, eventually resulting in a leak or even worse a raw sewage spill. But fear not, you do not have to wait until it is too late to identify old plumbing, there are signs that you can look out for that will indicate that you are due an upgrade.
Colour of the Water
If the water running from your taps, shower or toilet looks brown it is a clear sign that something is up. If you don’t live in a rural area, and your water normally runs clear then brown water is a sign that something may be happening to it within the pipes. Old pipes can corrode and get rusty resulting in brown water. Rusty water is clearly not safe to drink, and this is not the only thing you have to worry about. Mineral deposits can build up on the corrosion leading to a clogged pipe and an increase in pressure within the pipes. Over time this pressure can lead to weakness and a burst pipe which could cause serious damage to your property.
I think we all know that water should not smell bad. Smelly water can be an indication of a build-up of bacteria in your pipes. A distinct eggy smell coming from your pipes is a definite sign that you need to get your pipes checks and some may need to be replaced.
Mould or leaky pipes
Some leaky pipes are obvious, are easily identified and fixed but some are hidden from a view and go unnoticed until it is too late and substantial water damage has occurred. To avoid this it is important to keep an eye out for mould in your home. Mould is an indication that there is extra moisture in your home, which could possibly be coming from a hidden leak. If you notice mould or a leak contact a plumber immediately to rectify the problem. The longer you leave a leaky pipe the more damage may be caused to your home.
Check your Exposed Pipes
Somewhere in your home, you should be able to see some exposed pipes. These should give you some indication as to the condition of your pipes. Look out for discolouration, flaking, dimpling or anything that looks abnormal. Also look for water around or on the pipes. This can indicate corrosion inside or a leaky pipe.
Don’t wait to upgrade your plumbing system. If you suspect your plumbing may be coming to the end of its life don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber Melbourne at NLK Plumbing. Our trained professionals are experts in getting to the bottom of your plumbing issues. as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Leave your home in our safe hands, contact us 24/7 on 0404 803 333.