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How Do I Know If My Pipes Are Damaged?

December 2, 2022 | Blog

The pipes in your home provide access to clean and drinkable water. Keeping these pipes in the best condition will ensure that you won’t have problems getting this healthy water to every tap in your home. However, if you think your plumbing is damaged, you should call your local plumbing services for help.

Problems with your water flow or odd colors in your water are signs that your pipes could be damaged. Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect offers services to repair and replace any damaged pipes in your home. Here are some signs that you may need to replace your pipes.

Discolored Water

Discolored water is an indicator that your pipes are rusted. Rusted and corroded pipes create dangerous water that often changes color because of the rusted bits in the system. Deteriorating pipes can cause colors such as:

  • Brown
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Orange

Sometimes, you may notice these colors when your city is undergoing maintenance in the main water lines. But if the color is consistent and lasts a long time, it may be the pipes in your home. Contact your local plumbing services before the rusted pipes break down more and cause leaks or bursts!

Corroded Pipes

For homes that have basements or visible piping, you may be able to see visible corrosion in your plumbing system. If you see visible corrosion, there is a good chance nonvisible pipes are also corroded. Getting these pipes replaced will ensure that no other problems will form and add up to more costly repairs.

You can also check to see other types of damage from the pipes that are accessible to you. You can check for:

  • Flaking
  • Discoloration
  • Bumps
  • Dimpling

If you see any of these types of damages, get in touch with your trusted plumbing repair services.

Consistently Clogged Pipes

Minor blockages and clogs could occur in your pipes every now and then, but if they are more frequent, you may have a larger problem at hand. Some of these smaller blockages can get drained away over time. Larger blockages can cause clogs in your pipes deep within your system. You may have tree roots penetrating your pipes or sediment buildup that is stopping water from flowing smoothly.

Your local plumbing services will be able to remove any clogs in your system, but if the system continues to clog up after multiple visits, it may be time to replace the system altogether.

Aged Pipes

Depending on the water pressure and the amount of use in your plumbing, your pipes may be at their age limit. For brass, cast iron or galvanized steel pipes, their life expectancy is anywhere between 80 to 100 years. Copper pipes last slightly less — they can go between 70 to 80 years without needing to be replaced. PVC pipes need to be replaced more frequently as they only last up to 40 years with consistent repairs.

If you think your pipes have reached the end of their life, contact your plumbing services to get them replaced. Our plumbing team can also tell you how long ago your pipes were installed in your home if you’re in need of information to make this important decision!

Cracked Pipes

Cracked pipes can lead to leaks and water damage in your home. If you see a leak or discolored patches near your water fixtures on walls, floors or ceilings, you may have a cracked pipe.

A small leak can be patched or repaired depending on the size and where it is located in the system. Sometimes, these small leaks are only indicators that there is a much larger leak deeper in the system. Contact your local plumbing services for cracked pipe repair before they cause more water damage and increase your water bill.

Contact Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect For Plumbing Repair

The best way to avoid additional services on your plumbing is by replacing pipes as soon as you see signs of severe damage. While you may think you can fix these problems yourself, our plumbing services will get deeper into your system and can safely fix the damage without hassle. Hi-Tech Plumbing & Leak Detect can help homeowners in Edmond, Oklahoma maintain their plumbing without the added stress. Contact us today for a consultation!

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