If the pipes in your home are aged, or when frequent water leaks is occurring, it is likely time to repipe. There is no set date for the lifespan of pipe materials, although there is a general expectation under normal conditions. However, the expectancy will vary depending on the water chemistry, frequency of use, and other factors that affect how long the pipes will last. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumbers in Arlington, Texas can provide the pipe inspection or repiping that you need.
There are factors you can consider that will provide an idea of approximately when the pipes need to be replaced:
- Determining the pipe material gives you an idea of the maximum life expectancy under normal circumstances. For example, copper piping under normal circumstances will last an average of 75 years. However, the usage, hard water and other water conditions can reduce that in varying amounts, depending on the individual circumstances of your home and water.
In addition, if your home has polybutylene pipe, it should be replaced immediately. It has been shown to prematurely fail typically causing serious damage to homes. Polybutylene is no longer manufactured.
Galvanized pipe is another pipe that should also be replaced. Coated with zinc, once the protection wears off the steel pipe begins to corrode, resulting in collapsed pipe and/or water leaks. Water quality and low water pressure can also become a factor in galvanized pipe.
Routinely inspect your home’s plumbing in Arlington and monitor for discoloration, dimpling, rust, or flaking. In addition, discolored water can also indicate corroded metal piping. These are all signs of corrosion, and are a warning sign to be aware of. If you are unsure, contact Benjamin Franklin plumbers in Arlington, Texas for an inspection of your home’s piping.
Other Factors to Consider
The age of the pipes provides an indication of the likelihood of problems occurring. The older they are, the higher the chances become for problems, and serious damage to the home and its foundation due to leaks. Homes that are 40 to 50 years old should periodically be inspected for the signs of developing issues and water leaks. Our plumbers in Arlington, Texas can provide a professional inspection for you.
It’s important to note that proper maintenance, or lack thereof, will also have a significant effect on how long your pipes will last, but these guidelines can keep you aware of when to check them.
Between your home and the water meter buried underground is the water supply pipe. This pipe delivers water from the municipal water main to your home. When repiping your home, this pipe should also be replaced when it is the same age as the plumbing in the home.
Furthermore, consider replacing the sewer line if it is also aging. Specific types of pipes possess a higher vulnerability to tree root invasion and corrosion. Benjamin Franklin plumbers in Arlington, Texas can provide a video pipe inspection of the sewer line to determine its condition, and if any problems are present.
Remodeling offers an Opportune Time for Repiping
Remodeling your home offers an opportunity to inspect plumbing and repipe when necessary. Repiping during a remodel can save you on labor costs, especially when walls and floors are already being opened up. With our plumbers in Arlington, Texas already on site to provide appliance or gas hookups, the opportunity to save money even if you only repipe the kitchen or bath you are remodeling will get you started on replacing worn piping.
Plumbing is an essential component of any modern home, and as with anything else, will eventually wear out over time. These signs will help you determine when it is time for repiping, and to request an inspection by a professional plumber. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumbers in Arlington, Texas for an inspection, pipe replacement, pipe repair and other plumbing services you require. We serve Arlington, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.