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In many parts of the country, spring and summer are the only viable seasons to consider plumbing replacement. In Southern California, on the other hand, where JB Plumbing is located, plumbing is generally accessible and can be examined and repaired or replaced throughout the year. Even so, wherever you live, summer is a great time to evaluate the condition of your pipes and assess whether work should be done.

Checking Pipes

While there is no one-size-fits-all plan for determining when you should replace your pipes, much will depend on the materials used to construct your piping system. Although copper or brass can last up to 100 years, they should be checked well in advance of this landmark. And, once they hit the 60-year mark, survey their condition regardless of functionality to find out if dimpling, cracks, leak or corrosion are compromising their utility.

If your pipes are galvanized steel (which is typically zinc-coated iron), replacement is recommended no matter the age of pipes, since they can leak lead into water. Another popular material used in plumbing systems from the 1970’s to the 1990’s is Polybutylene (PB). These tend to wear out quickly because they easily break.

If your home is relatively new, cast iron drains and brass plumbing supplies were likely used. Also, most plumbers install PVC plastic, flexible cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) and copper in modern plumbing systems.

Recognize the Signs

  • Is the water in your home brown or discolored? Or does rust form around the drain? Either case could signal that rust from pipes could be corroding and degrading, leaving mineral deposits in their wake. If this is the case, blockages could lead to leaks and water damage.
  • Is your water flow slow? Can you turn on the tub faucet and watch the news on television while it fills? If so, corrosion could be impeding water flow.
  • Is water pressure weak? Pinhole or larger cracks in the lines can lead to water loss and weak flow. These could mean there is water leaking behind your walls and underneath floors, which can lead to drywall and wood rot, produce mold and cause structural damage from flooding. You might even have a slab leak. So, don’t ignore water pressure.
  • Are your pipes loud? In older homes, water running through pipes can be as loud as a freight train. Even if you have grown accustom to the sound, don’t ignore this red flag. If your water system is loud, your pipes could be crying out for attention.  

About JB Plumbing

If you need assistance assessing the condition of your pipes and plumbing in and around the San Gabriel Valley this summer or any time at all, give us a call. With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you contact JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.

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