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When Should I Replace My Old Plumbing?

Old is gold, or so goes the popular adage. But how far does the saying go especially when it comes to the plumbing system in your home? For starters, there’s no need to replace a plumbing system that’s working perfectly just because it’s old. But if your outdated plumbing system is exhibiting problems, it’s time to replace it.

Your home has a way of letting you know if there are plumbing issues. The rule of thumb is to use your senses. Smelling, listening, and observing are good ways of knowing when the plumbing system needs replacing. Here are some of the warning signs that let you know that you need to replace your old plumbing.

Bad Smells

A bad smell is a clear indication that something is wrong with your plumbing. Don’t try to cover up the smell with scented candles or sprays as it will not do you any good. The smell of leaky toilets and stagnant water or mold can only be fixed by replacing the plumbing.

Bubbling or Gurgling Sounds

A bubbling or percolating sound at any drain is an indication of a backed up system. Some level of noise is normal and can be cleared with proper venting. But if the sounds get too loud, it means that your plumbing has major problems and may need replacing.

Old Pipes

Galvanized pipes are common in older homes in America. But these pipes must be removed and replaced as stipulated by the building code in your area, especially when selling a house. Old galvanized pipes corrode and rust easily leading to leaks, discolored water, and uneven water pressure.

Water Discoloration

Unless you live in a rural area, use wells, or you are under a boil order, discolored water is usually a cause for concern. The dark or brown water is as a result of corroded pipes. If you notice discolored water in your home, it may be time to replace your plumbing.

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