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If you live in an older home and begin to notice the signs of faulty pipes, you should consider having them replaced. While replacing the pipes in your home might seem like a big project, it’s better to get it done before a major rupture causes significant damage to your property.
In this article, we’ll go over common pipe materials and their lifespans, the warning signs you can look out for to figure out whether or not your home has faulty pipes, and how our team here at Delta Mechanical can lend you a hand if your pipes do need replacements.
There are five major types of materials used for homes built within the last 50 or so years. These materials are copper, brass, cast iron, galvanized steel and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
The two caveats here are lead pipes, which were commonly used in the early 1900s, and polybutylene pipes, which were used from the 1970s up through the 1990s. Lead is extremely poisonous, and polybutylene is incredibly prone to breakage. If you think you have either type of material in your house, we suggest you get it replaced immediately.
If you know when your house was built, and when its piping system was installed, then you should have an idea of roughly when your piping system might need to be replaced. If your pipes are old according to the age chart we provided above, then we suggest that you start checking for the warning signs of bad pipes around your home at least once a year.
There are four primary ways that you can check your home for faulty pipes:
If you think that your home has faulty pipes, give Delta Mechanical a call! Our expert team provides world-class, turnkey plumbing solutions for homeowners, and will stop at nothing less than satisfaction. To learn more about what Delta Mechanical can do for you, click here.