Many homeowners don’t give a second thought to their home’s plumbing system until the system begins to malfunction. The pipes that make up your home’s plumbing system are used on a daily basis. Although these pipes are designed to be durable, they are not meant to last forever.

Pipes that are beginning to break down as a result of damage or age can compromise the availability of safe water within your home. Knowing when to replace your pipes is essential when it comes to ensuring that your plumbing system remains fully functional.

Be mindful of these potential red flags that may indicate your pipes are in need of replacement.

1. Hard Water

The type of water that flows into your home is typically controlled by municipal water treatment plants. An estimated 85 percent of American homes are being supplied with hard water. This type of water contains high concentrations of the minerals calcium and magnesium.

As hard water flows through the pipes in your home, these minerals can adhere to the interior walls of the pipes. A buildup of mineral deposits restricts the flow of water, which increases the water pressure your pipes must withstand. Over time, exposure to elevated water pressure caused by hard water could result in damaged pipes.

Check your home’s water supply to determine where it measures on a hardness scale. If you have hard water, schedule regular inspections with an experienced plumber to monitor the integrity of your pipes.

2. Leaks

One of the most common signs that homeowners associate with failing pipes is the presence of a leak. Water leaks have the potential to increase your water bill significantly, and they can cause major damage to the structure of your home.

While visible leaks are easy to diagnose, hidden leaks can wreak havoc on the performance of your home’s plumbing system. There are some things that you can do to identify hidden leaks so that you can replace leaking sections of pipe before water exposure causes significant property damage.

Shutting off the main valve supplying water to your home is the first step in identifying a possible leak. If the meter continues to run while the main valve is off, then you have a leak somewhere between the water main and your home.

Other signs of a hidden leak can include unexplained wet spots above your main water line and greener grass near a water leak. An experienced plumber will be able to pinpoint the source of your hidden leak and replace faulty pipes to protect your home against water damage in the future.

3. Water Quality

Changes in the quality of your water supply can also be indicative of pipe damage. As older pipes begin to corrode, rust particles can be swept up into your home’s water supply as water moves through your pipes and into the various faucets throughout your residence.

A metallic taste, discoloration, or the distinct smell of rust emanating from your tap water are all signs that your plumbing pipes need to be replaced. Ingesting rust-tainted water could cause serious health problems, so corroding pipes should never be overlooked. Contact a reputable plumber as quickly as possible to get new pipes installed so that your water supply will remain safe for residential use.

Being vigilant in monitoring the performance of your home’s plumbing system will help you identify some signs that indicate it’s time to invest in new pipes. Fill out this form to schedule a thorough inspection, and our team at Rapid First Plumbing will help you determine if you should replace your pipes for optimal performance.