Types of Household Pipes and Their Lifespans
You can see what type of pipes you have on your home inspection report that you should have received when you purchased your home. You can also have a plumber perform an inspection of your system.
Supply pipes are the pipes that supply water to your faucets and showers. They are under constant pressure and may eventually begin to leak. These pipes are commonly made from brass, copper, or galvanized steel.
Brass pipes are the most sturdy, usually lasting between 40-70 years. Copper pipes last around 50 years, while galvanized steel may need to be replaced during the time you own your home, lasting between 20-50 years.
Drain lines are under less pressure, so they last much longer. They are usually made from cast iron, which lasts up to 100 years, or polyvinyl chloride (also known as PVC), which do not have a definite lifespan.
One of the most common reasons you’ll need to call a plumber is due to clogs in your drains. Clogs can easily be prevented with proper knowledge of what can go down the drain and what cannot.
Drain covers help to protect sink and shower drains from a buildup of hair, while ensuring only waste that was once food and toilet paper are flushed down toilets. Additionally, refraining from putting coffee grounds or excessively starchy substances down your garburator can help save your pipes.
Preventing clogs before they happen can both protect your pipes and your wallet.
Buy a Drain Snake
If you find yourself with a stubborn clog, you can purchase a drain snake from any plumbing or home supply store. They won’t be as effective or heavy-duty as a professional snake but will tackle any clogs you might encounter much more successfully than clog-clearing products such as Draino.
Keep your pipes in working order by regularly turning on faucets and flushing toilets that aren’t used very often. Check your pipes for cracks and rust regularly to catch issues before they become an expensive disaster. Monitoring your pipes and heating or cooling systems during severe weather changes can help prevent bursts or freezes, which can turn into very complicated and sometimes irreversible messes.
How to Prepare When You Do Need a Plumber
Clear the Work Area
When you hire a plumber, you are paying for his services as well as his time. Most areas where drains are located sometimes double as storage areas or are hard to get to, ensure paths are clear and any space they may need to work in are clean.
Cutting down the time your plumber spends waiting, cleaning, and prepping also minimizes the amount you’ll have to spend on getting your pipes fixed. Additionally, routinely keeping areas clean can help to alert you of any outwardly noticeable problems with your pipes, such as rust.
Combine Multiple Jobs
If you are calling in a professional for a plumbing emergency, see if you can combine several repair jobs into one visit. You can also get your plumber to inspect any areas you may be worried about which can provide peace of mind having a professional opinion on your pipes.
If you would like a professional opinion on the state of your plumbing system or have an issue you’d like someone to look at, call us today to request a quote.