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4 Ways to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Pipes


Proper plumbing can last for a good while, but over time, it isn’t uncommon for your system to require an update in materials, methods, and engineering. Eventually, failure of any portion of your home’s plumbing can lead to major property damage and even a loss of furnishings.

Whether it be due to age, lack of maintenance, major fluctuations in temperature, faulty components, or low-quality installation, it’s important to know the expected life cycle of your home plumbing system.

It’s even more important to recognize the signs that you. Luckily, Schuler Service is here to help you determine when that time may finally come. Check out these four ways to tell when it’s time to replace your pipes!

Frequent or Significant Leaks

It probably goes without saying that any kind of leaking pipe is in need of immediate repair, but if you opt for a quick patch job over a full repiping, just keep in mind that many of your home’s pipes are made from the same material, and therefore they may be the next to go.

To avoid frequent and more costly repairs (like extensive water damage from burst pipes for example), opting for a full home repiping may be better in the long-run

Visible Tube Corrosion

Have you recently looked at your home’s plumbing pipes and noticed stains, pipe discoloration, flaking, small indentations, or rust? If so, it’s extremely likely that your pipes have begun to corrode. If left unaddressed, corroded pipes are more likely to spring a leak.

For corroding pipes, simple repair jobs usually aren’t enough to solve the problem, since the entire structural integrity of the pipe has been compromised. If your pipes date back more than 30 years, it’s likely that they are made of less-sturdy materials than are currently available.

For this reason, we recommend replacing corroding pipes with new ones made of a more resilient galvanized steel as soon as you notice a potential issue.

Water Discoloration

If you’ve recently turned on your tap only to notice that the water that flows out with a yellowish, reddish,or brownish tint, that is a very clear sign that significant rust or sediment has formed within your pipes.

Not only is this a serious health risk, but it also can cause your water to harden, making it difficult to do anything from laundry to washing clothing and dishes. As such, it’s important to contact Schuler Service for a full home repiping as soon as possible.

An important sidenote: if this issue only occurs when using hot water, it likely means that it is your hot water heater is the part that is compromised, rather than the pipes themselves.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure could be caused by a variety of different factors, but one of the most common reasons is a significant sediment buildup or corrosion within your pipes. This can actually prevent your water’s ability to pass through your pipes, putting unnecessary pressure on particular sections.

If you notice lower-than usual water pressure when using your washing machine, dishwasher, or shower, this could be a sign that it’s time to replace your pipes.

At Schuler Service in Allentown, our experienced plumbing staff stresses professional service, pride in workmanship, and a clean work environment with respect for you, your family, and your home.

If you’re in need of plumbing services, be sure to contact Schuler Service today! We are ready, willing, and able to help you with anything you need!

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