Everything eventually wears out, including pipes. Every homeowner has a situation where new pipes are an option. Replacing a pipe system is a drastic fix for a plumbing issue, but sometimes it is necessary. Just because you have pipe issues doesn’t mean you need to start from scratch. However there are certain circumstances that require a complete new install. Some of these circumstances are:
- Pipes are super old. If your home has its original plumbing and the house is 100 years old then you should consider replacing the pipes.
- You have lead pipes. Most major cities have a regulation now regarding the material a pipe system should be. When these mandates begin there is normally a city wide effort to switch over to a new material. This effort normally involves some sort of rebate or reimbursement.
- The pipe busted. If you have a busted pipe there is no way around it, you need new pipes.
- Erosion, tree roots, age, or pipe condition as in damaged pipe.
Pipe systems are large and to replace a whole pipe system requires digging up pipes and in some cases knocking open walls. Obviously to replace the whole system a professional plumber would be the best solution.
Not all pipe replacements are huge, so it simply comes down to experience and confidence in your abilities with small jobs. Small pipe repair requires pipe wrenches, joint compound, and a little know-how to make the connection tight. If you don’t think a small pipe replacement would go well for you, then by all means call a professional.
How to Prolong a Pipe’s Life
Most pipe issues are out of your control, but there are some habits that can help you get the most out of your pipe system.
- When you use the toilet make sure to keep paper products like toilet paper, tampons, sanitary napkins, and paper towels out of the toilet. Flushing these items will clog pipes not just in your home system, but also in the city lines where other households can contribute to the clog.
- When you use the kitchen sink make sure all your dishes are scraped clean and that your dish soap that will help dissolve grease
- When you use green cleaners to clear a pipe make sure to use it once every month. Enzymatic cleaners will naturally “eat” the organic build-up in a drain
- Don’t brush your hair over the bathroom sink
- Use hair catchers for your tub and kitchen sinks. This keeps stuff from getting down the drain in the first place.)
Simple pipe care is an easy do-it-yourself job, but replacing pipes can lead to surprises. That is why you should consider a professional plumber for the work. Remember you can be proactive in how long you keep a set of pipes. Although sometimes there are things you can not foresee. When that happens make sure to choose the repair that is best for you.