There is not a thing in this world that lasts forever, and that is a well-known fact. The same story is with the pipes in your home. As the years go by, the pipes eventually corrode and decay, and if not monitored, this can lead to many troubles. If you don’t replace your plumbing, serious damage can be done to your house and your belongings. To prevent a flood of water, here are some tips on how to maintain your plumbing system and spot any changes in your pipes.
Keep an Eye On Your Pipes
The first and easiest way to know what type of pipes is in your home is to look at the inspection report or call your plumber to check the plumbing system. Pipes made of copper, brass or galvanized steel have a lifespan of about 80-100 years. Polyvinyl chloride or PVC has a lifespan of about 40 years. If you have older pipes, that doesn’t mean that they are broken and need repair. Pipes that are well-maintained have a tendency to last longer, and they will if you check on their condition. Once a year, check the plumbing system for discoloration or stains which are signs of corrosion. Also, check for any signs of leaks cause even the small ones can mean that the replacement of your pipes is looming.
Frozen Pipes: Better Safe Than Sorry
We all dread that cold, freezing winters when everything freezes. Your plumbing system is exposed to cold weather and temperatures below zero, so they are prone to freezing and breaking. Water expands as it freezes so the pipes are under huge pressure. You can prevent the pipes from freezing by draining water from outdoor water supplies such as water sprinklers. Close indoor valves and open outdoor valves to let the water remaining in the pipes expand without causing damage. If your pipes freeze, apply heat to the pipe using a hair dryer or by wrapping them with towels soaked in hot water. It will help thaw the ice in the pipes.