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How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

How to Know if Your Pipes are Worn Out

Whether you use your plumbing occasionally, such as a vacation home, or every day, your pipes can wear out. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to prevent the pipes from disintegration over time. However, you can be proactive and look for the early signs that there might be a change and take action. Here’s what you should watch for.

Look Out for the Color of the Water

Discolored water is usually a cause for concern. There are a few exceptions: if you’re under a boil order, you have well water, or you live in a rural area. However, if you see the color of your water change to brown or dark water, it’s a strong indication that there is corrosion in your pipes, leaving rust as the water runs through them. If left untreated, deposits can clog pipes, which in turn will build pressure. Continual pressure can result in the pipes eventually bursting, which will cause a huge mess to clean up and damage that needs to be professionally repaired.

Too Many Drips from the Faucet

Drip. Drip. Drip. That sound can keep you awake at night. But worse than that, it can ruin your pipes. That’s because the water pressure in your pipes is too high or water that’s no longer needed after you turn off the tap isn’t properly drained. This may seem like a minor issue at the beginning. However, constant dripping is not only annoying, but it can permanently damage your plumbing. Get that looked at early, and save yourself headaches, and your sleep.

If you see the color of your water change to brown or dark water, it's a strong indication that there is corrosion in your pipes, leaving rust as the water runs through them. If left untreated, deposits can clog pipes, which in turn will build pressure.

Low Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than taking a shower with a dribble of water. Unfortunately, low water pressure could sign many problems. There could be a clog in your plumbing, or the pipes could have leaks or pinholes that are reducing the water pressure. The problem is that leaky pipes can damage your foundation and framing, causing wood rot and mold growth. Mold adversely affects the air quality, which then can affect the quality of your life. You might want to try a DIY drain cleaner and see if it fixes the problem. However, it may require the attention of a plumber to replace your pipes.

At Crawford Mechanical Services, we are here to solve your plumbing issues. We serve our clients with integrity and compassion. No matter what plumbing issue you may have, our team of experienced techs, plumbers and installers will get it done quickly, efficiently and with integrity. Call us today to schedule a full-service plumbing inspection!

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