Your plumbing system is one of the most important systems within your home, next to the electrical wiring and HVAC systems. However, just like all other parts of your home, age and constant use can take a toll on the structural integrity of your plumbing system, which can cause all sorts of other issues within your home. Understanding some of the benefits associated with replacing your plumbing can help you determine if installing new pipes is the right choice for your home.
Improved Water Quality
One of the largest advantages of installing a new set of pipes in your home is the fact that doing so can greatly improve your home's water quality. Older pipes can accumulate sediment and debris within them that can end up in the running water. For cast iron and other types of metal pipes, this debris can take the form of rust and metal flakes, effectively making the water undrinkable. Replacing the pipes entirely can help improve your water quality, ensuring that it is safe to drink, cook with, and clean yourself, your dishes and your clothes with.
Better Water Pressure
In a somewhat similar train of thought to the above point, older pipes that have debris accumulating within them can reduce the water pressure of your water fixtures and pipes. This is especially true if you have a history of hard water in your home, where dissolved calcium and other minerals can form a hard scale on your plumbing fixtures. This build-up can reduce the flow of water and slow your showers and taps to a dribble from a stream. If you do have hard water, however, you should invest in a water softener in addition to new plumbing to proactively prevent such water pressure reductions from occurring again in the future.
Reduced Leaks and Sewage Clogs
Another reason why you should consider replacing your current plumbing is if you have a history of chronic water leaks in your home, or if sewage and wastewater has backed up through your drains and into your basement in the past. These problems all point to older plumbing that is beginning to deteriorate, causing both clogs and leaks to become more common. This can make replacing the entirety of your home's plumbing system a sound financial decision, as the cost of installing new pipes can be less over the long run than the cost of constant repairs and drain cleaning services.
If you believe your plumbing needs to be replaced, contact residential plumbing services in your area.
Keeping your home's plumbing system in good working order is a family job. Have you taught your kids what should never be flushed down the toilets or poured down the drains? Do your kids know what to watch for to know that there is a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed? If your kids know what to look for, they will be less likely to contribute to making a minor plumbing problem more serious. This blog will show you things that you should teach your kids so that everyone can work together to protect the entire plumbing system in your home.