When is it Time to Update the Plumbing System in Your Home?

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Even if your household plumbing system seems to be working fine, don’t assume that you are free from underlying issues. Homeowners tend to assume that metal pipes will last a lifetime. The truth is that all materials can wear down over time. Eventually, outdated plumbing systems need to be replaced.

Types of Plumbing Upgrades

Here is an overview of some of the most common upgrades that can be done on your plumbing system:

  • Water Heater: Hot water on-demand is an incredible modern-day benefit. It is likely time to upgrade your water heater if the unit is more than 20 years old. Not only does the replacement of the water heater improve your supply of hot water, but it can also be beneficial for boosting energy efficiency.
  • Pipes: The pipes are often the area that needs the most improvement, which is why a plumber will usually inspect the quality and durability of the pipes before looking at anything else. If your house was built before 1970, then it might be necessary to re-pipe the entire house. Newer homes can sometimes be partially re-piped to remove galvanized steel and cast-iron materials.
  • Fixtures: There’s no reason to waste water by continuing to use old fixtures. Installing low-flow fixtures can be a great way to reduce water usage without negatively impacting the convenience of water access. Low-flow features are available for toilets, sink faucets, shower heads, and appliances (such as washing machines and dishwashers).

Timing of Plumbing Maintenance and Repairs

If you live in a home that is more than 20 years old, then it might be time to upgrade some of the fixtures and pipes in your home. Not only do these upgrades reduce the risk of leaks and mold, but it is also important to protect the quality and safety of your water.

The best way to determine if your plumbing system needs to be upgraded is by calling a plumber for professional recommendations. Our team can locate problem points and modernize your plumbing system, giving you the peace of mind to know that your plumbing is built to last for many years. For information about available services, call Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (951) 375-6856.