4 Ways To Tell If Your Pipes Are Worn Out
One way of figuring out you have an issue with your pipes is when they burst and your home is flooded with water. This is not the best way of discovering you have an issue and will mean a claim on your insurance.
The plumbing system in your house may be very old and used every day in multiple ways, this places strain on the pipes and particularly the joins. Knowing what to look for can help you to catch a problem before it becomes an issue.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to get in contact with a good plumber Sydney that can inspect your home for you and advise of any issues.
Of course, between inspections it’s important that you know what to look for:
- Water Color
Your water should look clear and taste neutral, or perhaps a little of chlorine if you have a sensitive palette.
If your water appears a different color, such as it has a brown or yellow tint, then there is debris in the water supply.
It will gradually build up if you have just noticed it you may want to check the water in your neighbor’s house to see if it is the same.
Sudden changes in watercolor are often related to waterworks going on nearby.
If this isn’t the case then it is likely to be a result of rust in the pipes, coloring and tainting the water. You’ll need to ring the plumber to verify this and may want to start replacing pipes.
- Dripping Sounds
When you turn a faucet off it may drip a few times as the water shuts off. However, if it continues to drip after a few minutes then you may have an issue with the washer in your faucet.
This is an easy issue to resolve but you need to be aware that if the washer is starting to wear out, how old is the rest of the plumbing in your home and how long will it last?
Stains on walls, floors, or ceilings are a telltale sign that you have water dripping. The question is whether it is coming from your pipes or from a leaking roof.
You’ll need to trace the stain back to its source to work out whether your pipes are failing, a joint is blown, or something else is the issue.
Don’t delay when dealing with this, water leaks can lead to wet rot which can cause a lot of damage to your home.
Finally, you should be aware that noises in your pipework mean there is an issue. It doesn’t mean that your pipework needs to be replaced as a knocking noise can simply be air in the pipes. However, it is worth having your pipes check to remove any air and identify the issue.
This will save you from discovering an expensive issue in the future that could have been fixed cheaply today.