As licensed plumbers in NYC, one of the questions we’re often asked is how do you know it’s time to replace the pipes. This is a question with more than one possible answer.
Sometimes the question is do the pipes need to be replaced, or can they be repaired? Obviously, repairs are always a desirable option, because it’s more affordable to repair than replace. To answer this question, it’s necessary to know the scope of the problem. A small crack or leak, or a localized section of pipe that’s heavily corroded, can be a candidate for replacement. When the damage is more extensive, and includes a wider portion of the piping, replacing the pipes may be your only option.
When Do Pipes Need to Be Replaced?
Pipes need to be replaced when they fail to do their job as pipes – contain and convey water. So when a pipe is cracked, leaking, buckled, or otherwise compromised, it’s a candidate for replacement. This damage is often but not always visible -wet spots don’t just happen. Your licensed NYC plumber will help you find the cause. Loose connections may or may not indicate a need for replacement. This is a case by case situation that has to take into account the condition of your pipes.
Rust and corrosion are major concerns. When you have a situation where the homeowner is experiencing frequent clogs, a peek into the interior of the piping can reveal that the levels of corrosion have built up inside of the pipes. This is something that happens over the course of time, and can necessitate pipe replacement. It’s important to understand that a corroded pipe can fail at any time, without giving any kind of warning sign whatsoever, potentially causing lots of expensive damage to your home. If you know you have heavily corroded pipes, it’s time to talk to your plumber about pipe replacement.