Dealing with plumbing issues in your West Palm Beach, Florida, home is never fun. Whether you’re facing drain clogs, leaky pipes or dripping fixtures, these problems can lead to more serious concerns. Plumbing isn’t meant to last forever, but you may spot some warning signs when the time is drawing near to replace the pipes. By starting the replacement process sooner, you can reduce the risks of water damage and other major problems.
LOW WATER PRESSURE
If you notice a decrease in your water pressure, this could be an early warning sign of plumbing issues. The first thing to check is whether your water heater is still in good condition. A sudden loss of pressure can happen when your water heater malfunctions. However, a slower change in pressure can indicate a leaky pipe. Old iron pipes can also be a culprit since they can get clogged with rust over time, reducing the pressure of the water as it moves through them.
Leaky pipes don’t give off a lot of warning signs. You may notice wet spots on the floors, walls or ceilings of your home, but the pipes can be hidden very well, making it hard to see any signs of moisture. Lower water pressure or backed-up drains can all indicate pipe problems.
Leaky faucets should also be repaired or replaced. You may be able to tighten a gasket to stop the drips, but use caution to avoid breaking the fixture and causing a sudden onslaught of water to gush out. Replacing outdated faucets is a budget-friendly way to improve your plumbing, save on water and give the space a face-lift.
When the water coming through your pipes is anything but clear, it should raise some serious red flags. The color can actually tell you what might be causing the issue, so look closely.
If the water is orange, red or yellow, it indicates the presence of rust in your water. Your metal pipes could have a lot of rust within them, with bits breaking off and getting into your water. Over time, rust and corrosion will cause holes in the pipes.
Blue or green water usually indicates the presence of brass or copper in the fittings. When your water is black, you could have some type of growth in your pipes, which can be dangerous. Using or drinking black water can make you sick. Green water indicates the presence of algae in the supply, while a pink tinge to your water usually means that a specific type of harmless organism is present.
CLOGGED OR SLOW DRAINS
A clogged drain might not seem like too big of a problem, but it can indicate a more serious issue. Sometimes slow-moving or clogged drains happen because of poor venting in the pipes. If your vents are damaged or blocked, you need a plumbing professional to assess the problem and make necessary repairs.
Plant and tree roots are another unseen problem that can cause clogged or slow drains. Part of your drain system is underground, and sometimes roots can puncture a drain pipe and cause a blockage.
The different types of materials used to construct pipes play a role in how long the pipes in your home will last. There are two main types of pipes: drain pipes and water supply pipes.
Supply pipes are under more pressure, so they tend to cause more damage if they leak. These are commonly made of brass, copper or galvanized steel.
Brass and galvanized steel last the longest, with estimated lifespans of 80-100 years, while copper typically lasts about 70-80 years.
Drain pipes are usually made of PVC, which lasts for approximately 25-40 years. Cast-iron pipes last about 80-100 years, but they’re more expensive to install. It’s smart to know what types of pipes you have and keep track of their age. By replacing them before their lifespans expire, you can avoid a big mess.
If you’re ready to update your plumbing and reduce the risk of water damage in your home, contact the expert team at Hi-Tech Plumbing & Air by calling (561) 708-4989