No home can exist without a plumbing system, that’s why it is utterly important to maintain your current one in a good working condition so that you would be able to avoid needless expensive repairs in the future. If your house is more than 60 years old and the original pipes still run through it, think about a full house repiping.
The pipes at your home won’t necessarily be deteriorated but it is because nowadays new technologies have emerged which substitute the outdated systems. You could have forgotten that your piping system also requires an upgrade at some point since it was hidden under the ground for too long.
The pipes installed in older homes usually consist of iron pipes coated with zinc. In the process of aging, their inside lining becomes eroded and the iron part gets exposed to water effects. As a result of pressure and mineral deposit, more rusting will take place. Overtime more sections of the iron pipes are exposed, consequently the rusting keeps occuring. So the rusting is the problem and not the iron piping lines coated with zinc. Also the materials contained in the zinc coating are potentially harmful. When the zinc coated iron pipes start rusting, they release those rust residues in water. As a result you will consume the water that could appear clean but will contain dissolved contaminants or metals in it.
Repiping is extremely important in such cases and it should not wait until the leaks are detected. Do not miss signs that indicate pipes deterioration, such as parts of dark material in your water, tap water that tastes weird, yellow-colored water, or reduced water pressure. To check your water pressure, turn on many faucets in your home and watch for a significant decrease in water pressure. Make sure to check showers, sinks, and outside faucets turning the taps on simultaneously.
Protect yourself from the mentioned inconveniences before you start facing problems such as leaks, discolored water, or reduced water pressure in your pipes. The best way to do that would be a complete repiping of your home with the help of fully-insured and licensed plumbing contractor such as Downey Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning.
The bad news for you as a homeowner is that you will have to replace those old iron zinc coated pipes sooner or later if they are installed at your home. The good news is that highly skilled repipe specialists can do the job quickly and efficiently, fully restoring the quality of your piping system.
Remember that whole house repiping is a large-scale project, requiring experienced plumbing contractor that would do the job right the first time and help you avoid costly consequences that come with improper installation. At Downey Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning we have been dealing with the plumbing issues and pipes for over 50 years. You can be assured that our professional technicians obtained the proper training and expertise to plan and do a complete house repiping at an affordable cost.