Your home is one of your greatest assets and taking care of the most expensive thing you have ever purchased is of great importance. There are many things in a home that must be maintained and replaced over the years. Just like your car needs routine maintenance and care to run properly, your home likewise needs this same kind of TLC. However, many homeowners are unaware of this need in various areas of your home, thus things might deteriorate under your very nose. It isn’t until a disastrous, costly and damage causing fail occurs that you have any idea. One area you must be vigilant in are the pipes around your home. Properly caring and maintaining them prevents flooding and catastrophic circumstances which can be both expensive and stressful.
How to know if your pipes need replacing
The piping around your home is not usually something you think about, at least not until it is a problem. How can you tell if your pipes are in need of replacement? Here are a few tips:
•Know your pipes. Reviewing the home inspection report when you bought your home will give you a good idea. The age of the home is the first obvious indicator but then learning if any other pipes have been replaced is a good thing to take note of. Your experienced Manalapan plumber at Team Electric Plumbing and Air can also do a thorough inspection of your visible pipes to see what condition they are in.
•Pay attention to the lifespan. Pipes have an estimated lifespan on how long they will last depending on what they are made of. Brass, copper and galvanized steel pipes typically last 80-100 years so if you have purchased an older home, these time frames are very important. PVC piping only lasts 24-40 years while PEX tubing can last 40-50 years so determining which type of pipe is in your home is essential.
•Remove lead and polybutylene pipes. No matter the age, these two pipes should be replaced immediately in your home. Lead pipes have a life expectancy of 100 years, however they can leach dangerous lead into your drinking water. Polybutylene pipes were a popular piping choice between 1970-1990 and they are extremely prone to breakage, which could cause any unsuspecting homeowner a great deal of financial loss.
•Inspect pipes often. Homes over the age of 60 years should be carefully monitored and inspected. Professional New Jersey plumbing inspections are a must for older homes so problems can be caught early. Keeping an eye out for signs of corrosion such as discoloration, leakage, stains and dimpling in pipes is a good tip.
The best time to replace pipes
Replacing pipes can be quite a headache as sometimes it involves ripping into walls, floors and ceilings. However, exposed pipes are much easier to replace and inspect. These can be easily maintained throughout the years. Hidden pipes are more difficult to replace but one of the best times to update piping is during remodels. If you are remodeling sections of your home, taking the time to replace piping exposed during this time could save you money in the long run.
Do not wait till it’s too late
A burst pipe in your home or yard is frustrating and expensive. Keeping your home’s piping system healthy and maintained can save you thousands of dollars in damages in the long run. Team Electric Plumbing and Air has all the answers you need for pipe maintenance and repair. For all your New Jersey plumbing, heating, cooling and HVAC needs, we have you covered. Call us today to keep your home’s pipes healthy and maintained.