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Definite Signs of Sewer Pipes that Must be Replaced

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Most homeowners have most of their attention centralized on the visible plumbing fixtures such as the taps, toilets and sinks. Since these fixtures often showcase obvious detriments, they are easily addressed and repaired. However, one should be reminded of the vitality of the underground plumbing system – and how its proper maintenance should not be overlooked and taken for granted.

One of the integral parts of your underground plumbing network includes the sewer pipes which principally serve as channels for your household wastewater and rubbish. Keeping the smooth and faultless operations of these pipes is important in order to sustain an efficient waste management. If your sewer pipes are reduced to a dysfunctional condition, your sewer system, as well as the entire household will fail. Repairing or replacing faulty sewer pipes has paramount implication in preventing the rise of plumbing emergencies. Take note of the following definite signs of sewer pipes in need of replacement:

Areas that are supposedly dry have accumulated moisture and dampness.

Your kitchens and bathrooms are the common wet areas of your home and this no surprise at all. However, the other areas of your home such as the living room or bedrooms are typically free of wetness, except if there are leaky pipes close to the area.

Leakages in pipes will allow water or wastewater to leach into your house structure, including your furniture. Your structural aesthetic and integrity will likely be threatened since there may be damp ceilings, floorings, or walls, depending on where the leaky pipe is situated. Besides the frustration brought by water damage, there is another aggravation resulting from faulty indoor pipelines which will be discussed next.

Mould and Mildew Develop

The growth of mould and mildew is somehow associated with the first sign since moisture proves to be conducive for these fungi to thrive. These organisms essentially benefit from wetness so they are likely present in dark and damp surfaces. If your home has places that are supposedly dry but turn out to be damp and affected by mould and mildew, an existing leaky pipe nearby is one reasonable suspicion.

Aged Pipes have Reached their Maximum Lifespan

It is important to know the life expectancy of your sewer pipes so as to determine when is the best time to replace them. If you are not familiar with the plumbing history of your residence, try to have a professional plumber inspect your pipes to see if they have reached their limits.

Sewer pipes that have reached the extent of their serviceability should be replaced as soon as possible. Their old age will cause them to deteriorate the quality of their working condition. They will fail to smoothly manage the sewer wastes and may lead to plumbing emergencies such as backups and overflows. Aged pipes themselves can also be the root of system obstructions. Their crumbled parts that have loosened or broken may impede the passageways. Moreover, aged pipes are also vulnerable to elemental factors such as corrosion and intrusive roots, thus, they are surely a liability.

Here is a list of the life expectancies of most commonly used sewer pipes:

• PVC and other plastic pipes
24 – 40 years
• Copper
70 – 80 years
• Cast Iron, Brass, Galvanised Steel
80 – 100 years

As stated above, the most long-lasting are metal pipes which could almost last for a century. However, this is only applicable to the pipes that are always in their tip-top shape. Bear in mind that there are corrosive factors that weaken these pipes, causing them to rust and degrade dramatically. Due to this repercussion, most contractors seldom install metal pipes in their clientele’s plumbing system – both in sewer line and water line.