Undoubtedly, the thought of re-piping your home is a scary proposition. It’s not so much the process that’s frightening, although the thought of no water for a little while isn’t fun to think about, the dollar signs involved are the real nightmares. It’s important to realize that no matter what, you’re going to have plumbing issues at some point; that is, if you aren’t employing the use of an outhouse. This doesn’t necessarily mean imminent doom and disaster. It’s important to know the signs to look for when it really is time to trade in the old plumbing for the new and improved.
What Kinds of Pipes Do You Have?
Different pipes last different lengths of time. Take a peek at your home inspection or call in a quality plumber to inspect your pipes and find out what you have.
Supply pipes are the ones bringing water into your home and are most susceptible to leaks. However, drain lines may also cause trouble. The type of material they’re made from goes a long way in determining their lifespan.
• Galvanized steel supply lines last between 80 and 100 years.
• Brass supply lines also last up to 100 years.
• Copper supply lines lasts between 70 to 80 years.
• Cast iron drainage lines last up to 100 years.
• PVC drainage lines may only last 25 to 40 years.
Now, if your pipes exceed their estimated lifespan, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a mandatory replacement at this time. The way they have been maintained and the type of water you have affects lifespan, too. Also, if you find you have either lead or polybutylene pipes, you should go ahead and replace immediately. Polybutylene is just prone to breaking, but lead pipes pose a serious health hazard.