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How Do I Know If My Plumbing Pipes Are Old?

Well, that plumbing in your home has been there forever and I bet you think that it will just keep on keeping on. Old pipes are not the first thing we think about when it comes to home repair, but it may be one of the most important. I will give you a couple hints on how to recognize old plumbing.

Frequent Leaks and Clogging

Over time all types of rust, sediment, and debris can build up and erode your pipe walls. How quickly that build up can take, depends on the structure/ type of the plumbing, water pressure, and acidity. When buildup occurs, it makes it hard for water to pass through. Old pipes normally will gather more debris and become prone to clogging over time. Corrosion can cause your old pipes to leak. If you notice frequent leaks it may be a sign you have old pipes.

Plumbing PipesOld Pipe Debris

Some of the older plumbing can contain lead which is toxic, and harmful to consume. They may even contain fixtures built with lead solder, which when corrosion takes place, can enter your water supply (Homes built before 1986 may have plumbing constructed primarily of lead). The debris from daily use can also cause your pipes to corrode. One of the sure signs that you have debris in your pipes is lowered water pressure. Watch your water for any discoloration. If you do see discoloration, don’t drink your tap water and call a plumber!

Pipes Life Span

Supply pipes made of brass and copper typically last 80 to 100 years. Galvanized steel has a life of 70 to 80 years. While your drain lines; cast iron can last 80 to 100 and PVC 25 to 40 years.

Well, we hope this gives some basic insight into knowing if your pipes are old or not. If you are not sure the age of your pipes or if they may be bad, give us a call and we can do a simple inspection to give you peace of mind. Eco Electric & Plumbing provides top-quality piping and repiping services throughout the greater Seattle area.