Plumbing pipes are built to last, but they don’t last forever. Even with regular maintenance and prompt repairs, the pipes will eventually need to be replaced with new ones. If you’re unlucky enough to be in an area prone to certain issues, you may end up having to repipe parts of your home earlier than you thought. Have a look below at some of the various problems that can prompt a need for repiping in your home.
Leaks are never entirely avoidable in plumbing systems. No matter what your pipes are made of, they are susceptible to some level of corrosion over time. Iron will rust, of course. Copper won’t rust, but will degrade if exposed to chlorine or formaldehyde particles. Those are more common than you think, and there isn’t much you can do about them if they’re present in your home. Some corrosion can be dealt with through patch jobs and the like, but eventually it will become too advanced to keep repairing it.
You only really have to worry bout this one affecting your water or sewer lines. Those are two of the most important pipes in your system, of course, so it’s not something you can ignore entirely. Tree roots will often penetrate a water or sewer line in search of more water. Once the root has infiltrated the line, it will grow and spread until it almost completely strangles the flow of water through the pipe. Tree roots can be cut out of the pipe, if they’re discovered early enough. If they’re allowed to progress far enough, though, the only way to get rid of them is to replace the affected pipe.
If you know that you live in an area with hard water, you need to be especially careful of lime scale growing in your pipes. Lime scale is the result of hard water depositing small amounts of calcium and magnesium particles on the pipe walls over time. As the lime scale progresses, it will eventually become large enough to start restricting the flow of water through the system. Like tree root growth, lime scale can be removed from the pipes if it is caught early enough. Once it’s had enough time to develop, though, it will eventually harden and become impossible to remove without replacing the entire pipe.
All of the above issues are common problems that can destroy the pipes if allowed to get out of hand. So, the best way to make sure that you don’t have to replace a large amount of your pipes is just to schedule preventive maintenance on a regular basis. If your plumber can find these issues early enough, they’ll be able to deal with them without having to replace any of your pipes.
Pipeworks Inc. provides comprehensive plumbing services in Normal, IL. If you need plumbing services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers. We’ll make sure your plumbing system stays healthy.