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March 14, 2017

Tips to Decide if You Should Get a Plumbing UpgradeOver time, your pipes deteriorate, rust, and decay. Eventually, you'll have to deal with water leaks or even raw sewage flowing into your house if you don't replace them. But how do you know if it's time to get a plumbing upgrade? Read on to learn more.

The Warning Signs

Be on the lookout for the following symptoms of plumbing problems:

  • Discoloration on pipes – Check your pipes for flaking, discoloration, or dimpling. These irregularities indicate corrosion and decay. If you spot any of them, schedule a professional plumbing evaluation.
  • Water stains – Check the walls around accessible pipes as well as the flooring beneath them. Fresh water stains show there's an existing leak. Old, dry stains can be the result of a past problem that can recur in the near future.
  • Discolored water – Check the color of your home's water after you've been away for several days. If it's yellow or brown, that's an indication of decay inside your pipes. You should replace them soon.
  • Frequent leaks – Have you been experiencing leaks frequently lately? That may signal you need a plumbing upgrade. Even the small leaks you can easily repair may be warning you of impending bigger problems.

Best Time to Upgrade Your Plumbing

Ultimately, you'll require the advice of a licensed plumber to know when it's time to upgrade your plumbing. If you're looking to reduce the hassle of the project and the costs involved, use the following tips:

  • Replace exposed pipes – If your home has features such as wood paneling and plaster walls that make it hard to access the pipes buried in your walls, consider at least upgrading the exposed pipes.
  • Upgrade when renovating – When remodeling your home, inspect and replace the plumbing lines you expose after opening up floors and walls.

A well-maintained plumbing system lasts longer than a neglected one, so make sure you keep an eye on your pipes after upgrading them. For more expert advice on the right time for a plumbing upgrade, contact us at Russell's Heating & Cooling, serving the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chesapeake, Virginia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about pumbing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 757-750-1831. Credit/Copyright Attribution: “geralt/Pixabay”

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