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Does My Old Plumbing Need to Be Replaced?

Written on: December 25, 2023

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plumbing replacement south shore, ma You likely don’t think much about your home’s plumbing, unless you have a leaky faucet or constantly running toilet.

However, it is something you should think about. With regular professional maintenance and professional plumbing services from Williams Energy, your home’s plumbing can function effectively.

There may come a time when plumbing in your home may need to be replaced. Let’s run through some of the basic information on this topic.

What is the average life expectancy of plumbing?

The answer to this question depends on what type of plumbing we’re talking about. These are the average life expectancies for piping.

Plumbing fixtures and appliances, such as faucets and water heaters have their own life expectancies. Here are some of those.

When should I have my plumbing checked?

This depends on the age of your home as well as the plumbing. These are some general guidelines and factors to consider.

Homes built after 2000: It’s likely that your pipes are in good condition—especially if you schedule regular professional maintenance. However, even new copper pipes can be susceptible to a condition known as pitting corrosion. Therefore, it’s crucial not to overlook any signs of leaks. Contact a plumber immediately, and they will promptly detect and address the leaks, as well as handle any necessary pipe replacements to resolve the issue.

Homes built 1970 – 2000: While it is crucial to stay alert for typical leaks, older homes may introduce added issues like lead and polybutylene pipes.

The presence of lead in drinking water presents a substantial health hazard, particularly for young children who may encounter developmental challenges as a result of lead poisoning.

Polybutylene, also referred to as “poly,” was a widely used material from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, often found in DIY plumbing projects. However, it is important to note that poly pipes have a tendency to deteriorate rapidly when exposed to oxidants present in the public water system. As a result, they become brittle and susceptible to breakage.

If you have any concerns about the presence of lead or polybutylene pipes in your plumbing system, it is of utmost importance to promptly schedule a replacement. Reach out to Williams Energy for a thorough evaluation of the materials utilized in your home’s plumbing.

Homes built before 1970: Whether you own a First Period home, an 1800s Victorian, or a mid-century home, the plumbing will likely need attention. It is highly advisable to conduct annual inspections on the piping to detect any indications of corrosion. Piping in older homes is commonly constructed using galvanized steel, brass, or cast iron. While these materials have the potential to endure for up to a century, it is important to note that this is only possible under ideal conditions. Factors such as hard water and inadequate maintenance can accelerate the deterioration and corrosion process.

If you notice any signs of flaking, discoloration, or dimpling on exposed pipes, such as those found in basements or crawlspaces, it is crucial to contact us so we can inspect them promptly. Our plumbers will assess whether you require pipe replacements and evaluate the extent of the issue.

Whether you need to fix a leaking faucet or replace plumbing, Williams Energy has the team of expert plumbers to get the job done right! Get your free quote today.