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The First-Time Homeowner's Guide To Pipe Replacement

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Does your new home need a pipe replacement service? If you're a first-time homeowner who is still learning about improvement and renovation, take a look at what you need to know about this type of plumbing project.

What Signs Should Homeowners Look For?

How do you know if your pipes require a replacement? The most common warning signs include:

  • Rusty water. While this sign can have several causes (such as nearby work on community water lines), it can also point to a problem inside your home's pipes. Severely corroded pipes can leach rust into the water. The corrosion may eventually also wear through the pipe, causing a leak.
  • Holes or other damage. Corrosion-related holes, cracks, or major damage can cause destructive leaks. A full replacement eliminates this issue, keeping your home safe and flood-free.
  • Constant calls to the plumber. How many times have you already called the plumber for repairs? If you've assigned your plumber a spot on your contact list, you may need a replacement—and not a series of repairs.

Along with these red flags, persistent moisture on walls (without another explanation), freely flowing water, or constant backups are signs that may signal the need for a replacement.

What is the Typical Pipe's Lifespan?

The typical lifespan of a pipe depends on what it's made from. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the average lifespan of commonly used pipe types includes:

  • ABS and PVC. These types of waste pipes can last for 50 to 80 years.
  • Copper. A copper water line may have a lifespan of up to 70 years.
  • PEX. PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipes can last for 40 years.
  • Copper. A copper water line may have a lifespan of half a century.
  • Cast-iron. A cast-iron above-ground waste pipe can last up to 60 years.

Even though these are general lifespans, your home's pipes may require replacement sooner or later than the average expectation.

What Impacts Lifespan and Replacement?

Your home's plumbing may require a replacement regardless of age. The factors that influence when the pipes are ready for replacement include:

  • Maintenance. The better maintained the pipes are, the longer they're likely to last.
  • Use. Increased use leads to greater wear and tear. This can speed up corrosion and other issues.
  • Damage. Severe storms, fire, extremely low temperatures. and other types of similar home issues may make it necessary to replace the pipes immediately.

If your home needs a plumbing pipe replacement, contact a qualified contractor. This is not a do-it-yourself job for a first-time homeowner. The professional has the expertise, experience, and equipment to replace the pipes safely and correctly.