A lot of people tend to forget that plumbing isn’t made to last forever. It seems like, as long as no disaster has struck, everything must be running smoothly inside the walls of your home. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Once your plumbing is 30+ years old, you need to replace outdated plumbing. Here’s why.
Remove Risk of Flooding
The longer your plumbing has been around, the more at risk you are for flooding. The reason for that is because, over time, your pipes will begin to rust and will weaken. This can lead to joints breaking or cold weather being the last straw. Your pipes can burst, leading to massive indoor floods, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
When your home floods, it can make it necessary to completely replace wood flooring, rip carpet up and replace it and the subfloor, tear down drywall and gut the walls to replace insulation, among other things. Water can cause such insurmountable damage to a home that it’s always worth the price of caring for your plumbing. Otherwise, you can end up with rotting subfloors or black mold growing in your walls. Replacing old plumbing can ensure your home goes without floods for another 30 years.
Save Money on Water
There’s a lot to be said about old plumbing, but one thing people rarely mention is how much water it wastes. When your plumbing is old and outdated, you can waste money in a number of ways.
- Every time you have to sit with the water running, waiting for it to heat up because your pipes are badly insulated or your water heater isn’t working right anymore, you’re wasting money. Getting your pipes insulated can save you money without needing to replace the plumbing.
- When pipe joints weaken, they can get leaks, wasting water and causing damage that will need to be fixed. Repairing the damage caused by old pipes can amount to more than replacement costs.
- Old plumbing fixtures can use way more water than necessary because of bad design. Replacing old plumbing fixtures, such as sink faucets, or installing plumbing retrofits can reduce your water usage by over 30%.
Protect Your Health
Another thing people often don’t realize about old plumbing is that it can be detrimental to your health. As years go by, we learn more and more about what’s safe for our health. If your plumbing is old, there’s a good chance there are unsafe materials used in their makeup. For instance, did you know a lot of old plumbing has lead in it? If you have old plumbing, you may be consuming trace amounts of lead on a regular basis.
Even if you don’t have lead in your water, you may be ingesting other things that aren’t good for your health. Rusty pipes leave trace amounts of rust in the water that passes through them. You don’t want to be drinking that either.
Replace Outdated Plumbing
If you’re considering having a professional replace outdated plumbing, the question really is whether you’re willing to invest in your future. Taking your health and money into consideration, it’s worth it to have plumbing updated. If you’re ready to take the next step, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors and we’ll discuss the ways we can improve your plumbing situation.