If you're like most people, you dread plumbing problems. After all, even small plumbing problems can end up being very costly repairs. To avoid the cost, you might try to postpone plumbing repairs until the very last minute. This tactic might work for some plumbing problems, but for others, this ends up being disastrous.
When you're faced with significant water line problems, you owe it to yourself to have new lines installed as soon as possible. Here are three problem signs that you should watch for. If you encounter any of these signs, talk to a plumber right away. It might be time to have a new water line installed on your property.
Your Pipes Are Outdated
If your water lines are outdated, but you haven't had to deal with any repairs yet, you might think that you're out of the woods. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Just because you haven't encountered any problems yet, doesn't mean your water lines are safe. This is especially true if you're dealing with copper, galvanized, or lead pipes. Copper pipe tends to burst after years of deterioration. Galvanized pipes are susceptible to corrosion, which can also cause ruptures. Lead pipes can leach lead right into your water. If your pipes are outdated, have new water lines installed before you're left to deal with serious problems.
Your Water Is Discolored
If your water is cloudy or discolored, the first thing you need to do is invest in a water test. If the test shows that your water is contaminated or that you have a problem with hard water deposits, you can probably just install a water treatment system. But, if the test shows that your water quality isn't compromised, you need to take a closer look at the water lines. This is especially true if you've discovered that you have galvanized pipes. The discoloration is a sure sign that the pipes have already begun to corrode. Now's the time to have new water lines installed.
Your Water Line Is in the Way
Finally, if you have a home renovation project that will extend into the yard, you may need to replace the water lines. It's possible that the water lines may interfere with your renovation plans. If possible, try to adjust your plans so that the water lines don't interfere with the project. If that's not an option, you'll need to have new water lines installed.
To learn more about water line installation, contact a plumbing company near you.