Worn Pipes? Signs Of Wear And Options For Repair

Your pipes play an important role in your plumbing system. Once they start to wear, the rest of your system is at risk of deteriorating. Because of this, it is imperative that you watch for signs of wear and replace the pipes as soon as possible. 

How Do You Know Your Pipes Are Worn?

Long before your pipes give out and you are faced with a major plumbing crisis, there are usually indicators that it is time for you to consider new piping. Monthly inspections of your pipes could help you pinpoint a problem in the earliest stages. Of course your plumbing should be inspected yearly by your plumber, but you can handle the monthly inspections.

One of the first signs of a problem is the appearance of stains. The stains can appear on the walls or any of the surfaces surrounding the pipes. The color of the water coming from your pipes is also an indication. Water that is brown or yellow is usually a sign that there is rust somewhere in your pipes. 

Another sign you should be looking for is leaks. No matter how minor a leak is, it is important that you take care of it immediately. 

What Is the Best Piping to Use?

Unless your piping is made of a material that is no longer available, you have the option of using the same type again. However, it might not be in your plumbing system's best interests to continue to use the same material.

Some materials are more effective, safe, and easier to install and maintain. You owe it to yourself and your plumbing system to at least explore your options before deciding on what type of piping to have your plumber install. 

Each type of piping has its own set of advantages. For instance, copper piping usually lasts longer than other types. Copper piping has a long history of also being one of the safest to use. The piping does not pollute your drinking water. Whenever you have a need to replace it, you can recycle the piping.

Polypropylene pipe, or PP, is also a good choice to ensure that the water supply is safe. It has one advantage over copper that might make it worth your while. It is less expensive than copper and can last a long time, too. 

Once you have spotted a piping issue, call your plumber such as Rakeman Plumbing. They can help you choose the right piping for your home and even inspect the remaining lines to ensure that everything is in good working order.