Unfortunately, nothing is permanent, including the piping system inside your house. Over time, the tubing gradually corrodes, rusts, and decays.

If you don’t replace the plumbing, most seasoned local Long Beach plumbers will tell you that you are eventually going to get leaks –or at even worse, a potential flood of water or raw sewage into your home that can cost thousands of dollars in damage to your building and personal belongings.

Take into consideration that replacing old plumbing requires cutting on open walls and floors, so you certainly don’t want to do the job before it is really needed. Here’s how to assess your plumbing system and know when it is time for a repipe of you plumbing system.

Understanding Your Pipes

The type of plumbing in your house dictates just how long you can expect it to last. Our local Long Beach Plumbing Experts suggest you review the home inspection report you received when you originally bought your home to see what kind of pipes you have — or bring in a trusted local Long Beach Plumber to do a free inspection of your plumbing system.

If your pipes are older than these guidelines, it doesn’t necessarily mean they need to be replaced. Like anything else, pipes may last longer if maintained properly.

Poorly maintained ones or those in areas with hard water (meaning it has high mineral content), may fail sooner.

Remove Lead and Polybutylene

There are two other types of water distribution pipe that needs to be removed right away no matter how old they are.

  • Lead pipes, mainly used in the early 1900s, generally have a life expectancy of 100 years.
  • Pipes, used from the 1970s through the 1990s, are known to have breakage.

Watch out for Signs of Trouble

If your house is more than about 60 years old, make it an annual”item” to look at any exposed pipe — in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms–for telltale signs of trouble.

In addition, make sure to check the tubing for discoloration, stains, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, which are all indications of corrosion. If you happen to discover any irregularities, bring in a local Long Beach Plumber to do an inspection.

You’ll want to keep a look out for leaks also, of course. Very small ones that are easy to repair may be indicators that the time for whole-house replacement is coming up.

Always remember, usually the original pipes in your home are the

  • Same vintage
  • Same material
  • And they’ve been exposed to the same water supply and usage patterns

As a result, if you’ve got sporadic leaks in some places, they will start showing up throughout your system soon. This is typically when it is time to change your water lines.

Also, when you fill your bathtub, look at the color of your water — especially after a vacation as it has been sitting in the pipes for quite some time.

If the water looks brown or yellowish, what you’re seeing is rust, a indication of decay inside the pipes. This is another reason to think about replacing your pipes.

Best Opportunities to Replace Plumbing

You will need to rely on a local trusted Long Beach Plumber to advise you on when’s a good time for a pipe replacement.

It’s always a great idea to get a second and even third opinion prior to embarking on a replacement project. Here are a few ways you can mitigate the price and hassle of the job.

Replace what’s exposed. For a home with plaster walls, wood paneling, or other features that make it hard to gain access to in-wall pipes, think about at least replacing pipes that aren’t buried in the walls.

Although it’s a fairly large job, replacing exposed pipes in a basement, crawlspace, or utility room is fairly straightforward, because the plumber can get to the pipes at ease. Depending upon the configuration of your house, the local Long Beach Plumber may be able to access the vast majority of your system this way.

Replace when you renovate. Whenever you remodel a portion of your house, take the chance to inspect–and if need be, replace–any plumbing lines that are vulnerable when you start up the walls and floors. This includes not just the plumbing in the kitchen or bathroom that you are remodeling, but also any pipes passing through the walls to feed upstairs bathrooms.