If the plumbing system in your home has been in place ever since you purchased the house, you may not be very familiar with the age of the pipes. In a newer home, the pipes were likely installed at the time of construction. But with an older home, while it’s possible that the pipes have been in place for several decades, they may have been replaced shortly before you moved in.
At some point, any pipes will need replacement, but how can you tell if your pipes are too outdated? Call the experts at Total Comfort Inc for repiping services in Corona and the surrounding area.
Replacing Galvanized Steel Pipes
Before the 1970s, galvanized steel pipes were the most common type used for plumbing installation. Steel is strong and durable, holding up well against most types of damage—except for rust. Rust results from the combination of iron (steel is an iron alloy), water, and oxygen. Rust results in corrosion, rendering the pipes unusable as leaks threaten to ruin parts of your property. Galvanizing the pipes—adding a protective layer of zinc—was meant to rectify the potential for rust, but this layer eventually wears away.
Many plumbers recommend that their customers replace galvanized steel pipes with copper piping no matter what the age of the pipes. The risk of corrosion is simply too high. Copper pipes and plastic pipes hold up better against corrosion, and should last for many decades.
Replacing Defective Pipes
You should also replace pipes that have begun to cause problems. Leaky connections or faulty pipe design sometimes leads to replacement. Repiping areas affected by root damage is also a good idea, especially for your sewer line. Allow a technician to inspect your pipes from time to time to make sure that there are no problems with your pipe that might need replacing. A plumber can help you to take preventive action or make sure that you take the proper steps toward piping repairs or replacement before a water or sewage leak leads to some major damage.
Call Total Comfort Inc today to discuss repiping with a plumbing expert in Corona.