Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

Signs You Need to Replace Your Home's Plumbing


One of the most important elements of your home is the plumbing. Without proper plumbing, you would have issues with water drainage among other problems. To avoid these problems, you should hire plumbing services. Continue reading more about the signs that indicate you need to replace your home's plumbing.

Pipe Material

One of the common plumbing problems is with the piping material. Different materials present different problems and have different life expectancies. After you buy your home, an inspection report will provide details about the piping material in your house.

Each of these materials has a lifespan. For example, Copper lasts for more than 50 years whereas PVC piping can go for an indefinite period. You also need to consider the fittings, pipe joints, and mechanical components. Aged fixtures lead to water backups and leaks. Ask your plumber to inspect the pipe material to determine the appropriate time to replace or change the piping.

Discolored Water

If you notice that the water coming out of your shower or kitchen faucet is brown or yellow you may want to call a plumber to have it checked. Sometimes the problem may be with the local water supply. However, it could also mean that your pipes are rusting or corroding on the inside.

Leaking pipes can also cause this problem. Before calling a plumber, wait for a few days to see whether the color of the water will clear up. If you still have discolored water, avoid bathing or drinking the water and call a plumber to inspect your plumbing.

Low Water Pressure

If you notice low water pressure, there may be a problem with your plumbing. The most common culprits are a clog in your plumbing, leaking pipes, or pinholes that are affecting the water pressure. Leaky pipes can damage your framing and foundation.

The damage caused by leaky pipes can cause mold growth and rot. Mold can affect the air quality. If you are unable to change the air quality caused by mold using a drain cleaner, you should consider having a plumber check your pipes.

Dangerous Materials

If your plumbing pipes are constantly exposed to lead, this can cause problems. For example, lead exposure can slow the growth of your kids and cause learning disabilities. It can also create reproductive issues and kidney problems in adults.

However, lead plumbing pipes are prevalent in many parts of the country. For example, 9.2 million homes access water through lead service lines. Have a plumber inspect your plumbing for lead.


15 March 2021