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How to Tell When Your home Needs Repiping

If your home is more than 20 years old, it’s time to take a good look at your plumbing pipes for wear, tear and possible replacement. Here are some signs that your home may need repiping.

Exterior and Interior Damage

Check any exposed pipes, including those attached to your water heater. Look for signs of corrosion, which include flaking, discoloration, dimpling and stains. Discolored water in your sink or tub, a foul smell or foul taste may signal interior corrosion and/or a buildup of flaking, rust and slime.

Water Pressure

Be alert to lessening water pressure, which can show itself as a less powerful spray in the shower, or in the length of time it takes to fill clothes and dish washers. This type of damage happens over time, so it may not be readily apparent.

Pipe Material

Lead pipes, now known to be toxic, were widely used in homes built during the early 1920s, while polybutylene pipes were used in homes built between 1970 and 1995. Polybutylenes is susceptible to leaking and breaking and is no longer acceptable in U.S. building codes.
If any of these conditions exist or these materials were used in your home’s plumbing, it may be time to consider repiping. For more information and to arrange an inspection, call Souza & Viviani Plumbing Co.