Are the pipes in your home old or beginning to cause plumbing problems? Let’s take a look at six signs it’s time for new residential plumbing in Altoona, PA:
- Discolored water: Private well owners, rural areas and areas under boil orders might see discolored household water time to time, which is not unusual. But, if your home is hooked up to a municipal water source, your water should never be discolored. Discolored water—brown or dark—is cause for concern because this could mean there is corrosion in your plumbing pipes, meaning rust in your water. Take care of the problem as soon as possible to avoid mineral deposit buildup which can clog pipes and build pressure. Note: Your pipes might need replacing.
- Low water pressure: It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a low water pressure problem. Your shower or sink water may not be flowing as freely as it should, which could mean there’s a clog or leak somewhere in your plumbing. If a leaky pipe is the culprit, the water leaking out can damage your home’s foundation and framing, and possibly cause mold growth and wood rot, which is bad for indoor air quality. Call a professional to inspect the plumbing in your Altoona, PA home.
- Slow moving drains: While some slow drain issues end up being hair or toilet paper clogs, others are the result of damaging blockages. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are materials that build up inside pipes over time and they top the list for most occurring major blockages in plumbing systems. If not dealt with, FOG blockages could be the reason you need to replace your water line.
- Pipe corrosion: The most common types of corrosion are corrosion caused by the presence of formaldehyde and pitting cause by chlorine exposure. These types of corrosion damage are often the reasons for small holes forming in water pipes, and this can lead to pipes leaking or bursting. If you suspect corrosion damage, have an expert check out your system and fix problems before the damage destroys the pipes beyond repair.
- Tree roots invading: The problem with diagnosing a tree root invasion on your pipes is you usually can’t see it. It makes sense that tree roots will wander to the nearest source of water, but in doing so will damage plumbing pipes. Catch the problem early enough and the roots could be cut away. Catch it too late and you might need a new water line.
- Old pipe material: Many homeowners don’t know what type of material their plumbing pipes are made of. It’s not unusual to find cast iron, galvanized steel or lead in older homes, but most modern pipe systems use PVC, copper or brass. The thing to keep in mind is that all types of materials have a lifespan. Knowing this will help you decide the best time to upgrade your pipes.
Affordable plumbing in Altoona, PA is just a call away. Call Caporuscio Plumbing & Heating Inc. to schedule an appointment today!