When Does Old Plumbing Need to Be Replaced?
Few home and business owners think about replacing the plumbing on their property until it's too late. Knowing that your plumbing system may be reaching the end of its lifespan can help avoid major property damage from leaks and flooding. At NOVA Construction Services and Mechanical Systems Ltd., we provide commercial and residential plumbing and heating in Lloydminster and Cold Lake among our general contracting services. We've put together a guide to help you decide if the time to replace your plumbing.
Lifespan of Different Pipe Materials
How long your plumbing system may last will depend largely on the material that the pipes are made out of. To find this out, you can either take a look at your home inspection report or call a commercial or residential plumbing and heating service in Lloydminster for an inspection.
Brass and copper are generally the longest lasting pipe materials, with similar lifespans (as brass is an alloy of copper) ranging from 50 to 80 years. Sometimes, brass and copper pipes can last even longer, while other times, corrosive water may cut their operating life short.
Galvanized steel pipes aren't used widely anymore and only have a lifespan of up to 60 years. Chances are that, if you have these pipes on your property, your building is older and the plumbing needs to be replaced. Cast iron pipes have an average lifespan of about 50-60 years. However, in some instances, cast iron can last as long as a century. Finally, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping can last 50 to 80 years.
Signs That Your Plumbing Needs to Be Replaced
Aside from age, some of the tell-tale signs that your plumbing is starting to fail and your pipes are likely too corroded includes:
- Cracks and visible rust on pipes
- Leaks from piping
- Mold or dampness in crawl spaces
- Wet baseboards
- Warped flooring
- Rust-coloured water
- Water stains on walls and ceilings
If you're planning on doing any major renovations in Bonnyville on an older property, then it may be a good opportunity to replace plumbing that is getting on in age. Even if your pipes aren't causing you too many of the problems listed above yet, upgrading now will save you the trouble of having to replace your plumbing a few years down the line.
Additionally, if you discover that your home or commercial property has lead or polybutylene pipes, then it is important to have them removed right away. Polybutylene is prone to breakage, while lead pipes can pose a serious health hazard.
Comprehensive Plumbing and Heating Services in Lloydminster
For all of your commercial and residential plumbing and heating needs in Lloydminster, Bonnyville, and the surrounding area, look no further than NOVA Construction Services and Mechanical Systems Ltd. Home and business owners alike rely on our team for a full range of plumbing services. Our experienced plumbers can inspect your pipes and let you know if it's time for a replacement.
To find out more about our Cold Lake and Lloydminster general contracting service, just contact us today.