How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Old Piping System

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Old Piping System

January 15, 2020

If you’re the owner of an old home, you know by now just how many little idiosyncrasies older houses tend to have. Not only do you need to stay on top of your maintenance and upkeep, even more than in other types of houses, but you’ll also frequently run across systems and features in your home that may appear to be outdated, or that are at the very least confusing.

When you have old piping systems, in particular, it’s important to know how to keep them in good condition so you can stretch out their lifespans as much as possible. With this in mind, here are some tips for old pipe maintenance in Bay City, MI:

  • Know the warning signs: If your home is more than 50 years old, it’s especially important to know the warning signs for pipe issues and water damage. Signs of water damage include water stains, warping and discoloration. You should also regularly look at exposed pipes, whether they’re in your basement, under cabinets or elsewhere in your home, for signs of flaking, corrosion and dimpling.
  • Act when you have low water pressure: Have you noticed your water pressure is weaker than usual? If so, this could be a sign that you’re dealing with some sort of buildup inside your pipes, or a leak somewhere in your system. This is especially true if the low water pressure is affecting multiple plumbing appliances or fixtures in your home.
  • Consider a leak detection system: Because older piping is more prone to leakage, you may want to invest in a leak detection system for your home so you can be alerted to the presence of leaks as soon as they occur. These types of systems look for irregularities in the water pressure or operation of your plumbing, and are the best way for you to watch your old pipes without having to worry about having to call an emergency plumber due to an unexpected or unforeseen issue.
  • Watch for discolored water: If you have water that turns a rusty yellow-orange color after you’ve been away from home for a while and haven’t been running water, or if you have strange odors coming from your pipes, these are common signs that there’s something wrong with either the piping or the water supply. Locate the main water shut-off valve in your home. This might be tougher in older homes, as they used to be placed in out-of-the-way areas on purpose. You should never have the water turned on if you’re going to be making any repairs.
  • Inspect your water heater: Keeping up with water heater maintenance will help you to prevent leaks and other issues that can affect the rest of your plumbing. Every couple months, it’s a good idea to drain your water heater to get rid of sediment, which will improve its efficiency and keep it in good condition for a longer period of time.

For more information about old pipe maintenance in Bay City, MI, contact Thornton Brothers Sewer Service today.

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