When it comes to plumbing, the materials used in your home's system can vary depending on when it was built. Modern systems typically use brass, copper, or PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes, while older buildings may have cast iron, lead, or galvanized steel. Each of these materials has a lifespan that you should be aware of before you can determine if it needs to be replaced. Brass, cast iron, and galvanized steel can last up to 100 years, copper pipes last 70-80 years, and PVC pipes only last 24-50 years.
Low water pressure is a sign that you may need to replace your plumbing pipes. Bathroom pipes are used frequently throughout the day for showers, baths, and hand washes, so it's important to know when they need to be replaced. If you notice any signs of mold or water entering your home, it's time to call a professional plumber to locate the source and either stop the leak or replace the pipes. At Ranck Plumbing, Heating & AC, we specialize in system replacement, preventive maintenance, and repair with the goal of keeping your heating, cooling, and plumbing systems running at maximum efficiency.
Pipes and fittings won't last forever but with regular care and maintenance most piping materials can last for decades before needing to be replaced. If it takes longer than usual to fill the bathtub or wash the shampoo out of your hair, you may need to replace your bathroom pipes. We can analyze your plumbing system as a whole and determine what condition it is in before recommending the best repair or replacement options. Keep in mind that it may be more expensive to dismantle improved materials or replace them if you have a plumbing problem in the future.
When you notice unusual pipe performance or suspect it's time to replace your pipes, work with the experienced and knowledgeable plumbing experts at Ranck Plumbing, Heating & AC. It's also important to know the common signs of a faulty pipe and when to replace toilet pipes, leaky faucets, slow drains, and other plumbing accessories. If you see rust stains in the bathtub that can't be removed with a good scrub or that the metal is chipping, it may be time to replace this part of the bathroom pipes.