Here’s something that no home owner ever wants to hear: there’s a problem with the pipes. Unfortunately, it’s something that most homeowners are going to hear, because pipes are going to give out over time. Whether they break down because of old age or burst because of a mistake by the homeowner, you’re probably going to have to call a plumbing service to replace your pipes at some point.
The best thing you can do is get to know the pipes at your Richmond, VA home so that you can recognize the signs that your pipes are about to have a serious issue. If you take the time to spot a few of the trouble spots, you can limit the damage and call a plumber before you end up needing a major repair to your plumbing! Here are a few things you need to watch out for:
Sometimes, a leaky pipe is as simple as refitting the pipe and making sure that the connection is made properly. Other times, a leaky pipe means that the pipe is about to burst and that you need to call a plumbing service ASAP to prevent serious damage from taking place. In either case, you’re going to need the touch of an expert to assess how bad the situation is and what the best remedy is for it.
That’s because even something like refitting a pipe should never be a DIY job for anyone without training as a plumber. If you’re new to the world of pipes, drains and other parts of your plumbing system, you’re likely to cause more problems than you solve by trying to repair a leak. Chances are that you don’t know which pipes will fit properly, and trying to guess can have disastrous consequences.
Instead, just do the simple thing and call a plumber to fix the leak. A trained plumber will know exactly how to make sure the pipes fit properly and can install the proper pipe to make sure that you don’t suffer serious damage to your home.
If you’ve got galvanized steel pipes, there’s a good chance that they’re going to corrode over time. Even if you’ve got copper pipes, there’s still a chance that corrosion can wreck your pipes. Many homeowners believe that copper is impervious to corrosion, but it’s actually just more resistant to corrosion than steel is. If your pipes are old enough and have had enough chemicals poured down them, even copper pipes can and will rust away from the inside.
The best thing you can do is call a plumbing service to inspect your pipes every so often and ensure that you don’t have any serious problems on the horizon. That’s especially true if it seems like your pipes are always getting clogged up. Debris can cause serious damage to any kind of pipe over time, so it’s wise to be a bit over prepared for any and all possibilities, no matter what kind of pipes you have.
And yes, that includes PVC pipes. PVC isn’t made of metal, so you don’t have to worry about corrosion, but if you pour chemicals down a PVC pipe, it can eat away at the glue holding your pipes together, causing a major disaster.
Decreased Water Pressure
Not everything on this list automatically means that you’ve got a problem that requires the help of a plumbing service. For example, if you have decreased water pressure, it might be because city workers are doing a job near your Richmond, VA home and you’re going to have decreased water pressure for a day or two. But if there’s nothing going on with your water mains, the problem just might be with your pipes.
Older pipes might not be able to meet the demands of your family, especially if you have multiple people using the water at the same time. If you constantly notice a drop in water pressure when multiple people are using water in the home, that could be a sign that your plumbing system isn’t up to the job. This requires the help of a plumbing service so that you can get the water pressure where it needs to be and get the most out of your system at all times.
Like a drop in water pressure, discolored water isn’t always a sign that something is seriously wrong. Sometimes, your plumbing system simply wasn’t used in a long time, especially if you’ve just moved into a new house. In many cases, discolored water simply needs to be flushed through the system before your taps give you clear, clean water again.
But if your water stays brown, red, orange or blue-green, you’re going to need to call a plumbing service immediately. Red, orange or brown water represents a buildup of iron and other metals in your water, while blue-green water comes from oxidizing copper. In either case, it means you’ve got a pipe that’s corroding, and that means you’re on a clock to get things fixed before you run into a major problem. When you’ve got discolored water, give it about an hour before you call a plumbing service. If it’s still discolored, it’s time for you to bring in the experts before the problem gets worse.
Of course, it’s also possible for your pipes to simply give out from old age. That’s why it’s a good idea for you to check how old your pipes are on the day you move into your home. If they’re older than 25 years, it’s a good idea to have the number of a plumbing service handy so that you can get them inspected.
At bluefrog Plumbing and Drain of Richmond, VA, we’re happy to handle all pipe-related problems, including pipe inspections and replacements. If you’ve got an issue with your plumbing, call in our plumbing service to check out what the problem is and to provide a quality fix!