As most property owners come to find out, some plumbing system materials are better than others. However, even the best materials do not last forever. All plumbing materials and fixtures will eventually need to be replaced. With good maintenance, of course, you can support the longevity of your plumbing system. At some point though, you may have to worry about your plumbing system’s aging process. At bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston, we offer a wide range of plumbing services for Sugar Land, TX. Our plumbing company can send a licensed plumber to your home to contend with your plumbing issues. Here are some signs that you don’t want to miss as they can indicate that your aging pipes need repair or replacement.
Drain problems can occur in any home–even new ones. However, older homes are especially prone to drain problems simply because of longtime use of the plumbing system. Over the years, your drains can suffer from all sorts of buildup that includes grease, oil, soap residue, biofilm, hair, food debris, and other items that shouldn’t be introduced to drains but, somehow, wind up there. Hard water minerals can also begin to cake the insides of pipes.
As this debris builds up in your drains, it can cause water to drain more slowly. You might find that your drains clog easily. Fortunately, these issues don’t necessarily require drain replacements. In many cases, our plumbing company can provide drain cleaning and descaling services designed to flush out your pipes and remove touch pipe buildup. Depending on the degree of debris buildup and scaling, hydro jetting might not be enough. Chemical descaling agents may be useful in these situations. Our plumbers will know exactly what to do to clean your drains.
Corrosion is another sign that your pipes are aging. Pipe corrosion causes your pipes to rust, turn brittle, and become vulnerable to leaks and ruptures. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston can contend with corroded pipes either by repairing them when the corrosion is minor or by replacing them when the corrosion is substantial. Pipes made from galvanized steel are particularly vulnerable to pipe corrosion.
How do you know if your pipes have corrosion? There are various signs to look out for. Unfortunately, a leak might be your first warning sign. Our plumbing company can repair your leak but also inspect your plumbing system. If corrosion is the cause of the leak, you may have other pipes that are in rough condition too. If the corrosion is bad, pipe replacement is usually the best option. If more leaks occur, it can cause considerable damage to your home–even structural damage.
Another sign that your pipes may be aging and in need of maintenance is discolored water. If you notice an orange tint in your water, it could be caused by rust and sediment. Green-tinted water suggests corrosion. In either case, you’ll want to contact our plumbing company to inspect your plumbing system. In some cases, the issue may be with the municipality’s water supply, but if your home is older, it’s wise to have your pipes inspected to ensure the safety of your water. You can rely on our plumbing company for help.
If you look at the exterior of your pipes and they appear discolored, it could also be a sign of age. Pipes that have rusted or corroded experiors could very well look similarly on the inside. You can contact bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston to inspect your pipes. Discoloration and flaking metal are signs of age and deterioration. Once the materials of your pipes begin to degrade, they can spring a leak or rupture at any time. The safe option is to replace them. Our plumbers can report on the condition of your pipes and recommend the ideal course of action.
Rising Water Bills
If you notice that your water bills are increasing in cost but you aren’t using more water than usual, you might have a plumbing leak. Leaks are another sign of aging pipes. Our plumbing company can send a plumber to your Sugar Land, TX, house to inspect for leaks. While an increase in your bill might suggest a hidden leak, there may also be other signs such as a new pest problem (insects are drawn to moisture) or a mold outbreak. Peeling paint also suggests a moisture issue that could be related to a leak. The sooner you inspect and fix leaks, the better.
Any home might experience a leak now and again, but frequent leaks are a sign that your plumbing system is deteriorating. Again, these leaks can cause considerable property damage and trigger mold problems. While it can be expensive to replace your plumbing system all at once, it might be the best option. New pipes are an investment in your property. A brand new plumbing system could even boost your home’s value. Not sure if it’s the best time for a new plumbing system? Let our plumbing company inspect your pipes to report on their overall condition.
If you own property in Sugar Land, TX, you can count on bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of West Houston to maintain and repair your plumbing system. Our plumbing company features highly trained plumbers who can repair or replace damaged plumbing parts. In some cases, repairs may still be the best course of action in order to obtain as much value from your current system as possible. However, at some point, repairs are not the best course. You can contact our plumbing company to inspect your aging pipes or provide you with any plumbing services you may need. Contact us to schedule a service call or to learn more about our plumbing solutions.