How to Tell If You Need Pipe Replacement

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Here at Wake Forest Plumbing Company, we know that you want to take care of your home, and this includes important systems like the plumbing. The unfortunate reality is that even if you have the most thorough maintenance schedule in the world, your pipes will eventually reach a point where they need to be replaced. The idea of pipe replacement is a scary one for many, as it’s a big and intensive process that lots of people would prefer to avoid thinking about. We at Wake Forest Plumbing Company want to help you make the best decisions for your home, based on the best information, so we have put together a list of questions to ask to help determine whether you need pipe replacement.

pipe replacement in response to the problems caused by corrosion
  • How Old Is Your Home? When trying to determine whether you need new pipes, the age of your home is an important consideration. If your home was built before 1980, there’s a good chance that you have lead in your pipes. Lead in plumbing components can leak into your water, severely impacting your health as you consume it. If you find out that you have lead in your plumbing, you should plan on pipe replacement as soon as possible.
  • What’s Your Water Like? One of the things that can have a big impact on the longevity of your pipes is the quality of your water. For example, hard water contains mineral deposits that scrape at pipe walls and cause them to wear out faster, while some treatment chemicals can make your tap water slightly acidic and cause a similar effect. Learning more about your water can help you correct for these factors and help you avoid pipe replacement as long as possible.
  • Are Your Pipes Corroded? In many cases, people call our team at Wake Forest Plumbing Company for pipe replacement in response to the problems caused by corrosion. If your pipes are already severely corroded, the effects are hard to miss—your water will taste metallic and look rusty, with a red cast or visible flecks. Unfortunately, it’s harder to tell if your pipes are just a little corroded, but we at Wake Forest Plumbing Company can help you monitor your pipes to make sure that you get the most use out of them.