Check the tube for discoloration, stains, dimples, blackheads, or peeling, all signs of corrosion. If you find any irregularities, have a plumber do an inspection. You'll also want to keep an eye out for leaks, of course. If they're still relatively new, you might be able to get away with repairing them instead of replacing them.
Most pipes are designed to last for decades, so even if they're 20 years old, you should be able to get some life out of them. Galvanized steel pipes, in particular, are known to corrode. Once corrosion begins, it's only a matter of time before you have to replace your plumbing pipes to allow water to flow freely through them again. As with discolored water, there's a chance that the drop in water pressure in your home could be an indication of a problem in your area.
If, for example, there is a problem with a main water pipe on the street, it could cause low water pressure. However, if it seems like there's always a drop in water pressure in your home, it could be your plumbing system's way of telling you that you need to install new plumbing pipes. The old ones may not be cut to supply the water pressure you need. However, what some people don't know is that lead pipes are still prevalent in many parts of the country.
About 10 million homes get water through lead service lines, and some even have lead pipes. Talmich Plumbing and Heating 9150 Bellcove Circus, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (71) 822-0448 or email us here. Colorado MP00187125 Licensed Plumber's License with Warranty and Insurance If your home is 60 years old or older, there is a significant chance that you have exposed pipes somewhere in the house. Usually, the pipes will go through the basement, which can give you an idea of the condition of the pipes throughout the house.
Check all pipes for discolored, peeling, dimples, bumps, and anything else that seems out of the ordinary.