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Failure to any part of your home plumbing can cause a real issue, so it is imperative you stay on top of your home plumbing checks. There are a few signs to when your home plumbing may need replacing, but they are not always obvious.

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Plumbing systems can often become outdated and tired when your home has been lived in for years. The plumbing system is often something we do not necessarily think about, so can be left for years without any attention. But with one small leak, you could cause your home a significant amount of damage.

Over time your pipes will take a lot from natural elements which will cause your plumbing pipes to deteriorate, corrode slowly, or rust. Before your home does experience any leaking, flooding or even raw sewage backing up, make sure you know the telltale signs of when your home plumbing may need replacing.


Water Discolouration

We usually like to see our water clear and transparent, however, if there is ever any other distinct colour running through your water it may be a cause for concern. If the water coming through your pipes is brown or dark in colour, it often means the pipework is corroding or rusting. If you leave this untreated, then you may experience clogged up pipework as mineral deposits sit within the pipes. It not only prevents water flow but can also cause a leak or burst pipes due to the built up pressure.

First, we recommend running your taps for a period of time to ensure that it isn’t just a small bit of discoloured water trapped in the system. Another good way of checking whether it is your home plumbing system that is damaged is to run the tap first thing in the morning when it hasn’t be used for hours. If the water does not start to run clear after a few minutes you may want to call in plumbers Milton Keynes. Water discolouration should be treated swiftly, as the damage from a burst or leaking pipe can be catastrophic to your home.


Depending on what your pipes are made out of will depend on how well they hold up in the long run. Most modern homes will now use PVC pipes, CPVC or in some instances copper piping, however, this is not as common. Each of these products will all have a general lifespan on them which is a good indication that they should be changed or replaced.

One of the best ways to establish whether your home plumbing is working to the best of its ability is to have a plumbing survey completed on your home. It will help indicate when a section of your plumbing system might need repairing or replacing.

If you have recently moved into your home, it might be a wise idea to have an inspection report or appraisal of what type of pipes are used in your home. Below is the general lifespan of the most common plumbing materials used in homes:

  • PVC – indefinetely
  • Cast iron – 75 to 100 years
  • Copper – 50+ years
  • Brass – 40 to 45 years
  • Galvanized steel – 20 to 50 years

While you may think your home plumbing system will last you years maybe even a lifetime you should also consider other aspects of the plumbing system such as pipe joints and fittings. If there are fittings that become compromised, then you may find your plumbing systems can be at risk of having a leak.

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Low Water Pressure

Have you ever been in the shower and the water is trickling? There is nothing more annoying especially when you are trying to wash off soap suds. There are a couple of reasons to why this might happen, one being you might have a clogged pipe somewhere down the line. Mineral deposits from hard water can often build up and can damage the water pressure in your home. If you are exposed to large amounts of hard water you may want to call plumbers Aylesbury to flush your home plumbing system.

You might also have a small leak in the pipework leading to your faucet or shower which can dramatically change the pressure of your water. We may sound a little dramatic, but leaking water can cause your home so much damage, so if you do feel as though your water pressure is running low take a look into why and try and pinpoint the problem. Water can damage the foundation of your home, internal wall, furnishing and even cause your home to become mouldy and damp.

Mould can also affect your air quality, which can inflame your airways, causing you to become wheezy and in some cases chest tightness. If you leave mould in your home slightly too long, you can also cause more chronic health issues such as asthma. You can read more about the effects of mould on your health on the NHS website.

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Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are normally something that will happen during the winter months due to pipes freezing. Freezing pipes cause the water to the expansion, not all pipes can withstand this kind of pressure, and if your pipes are slightly older, they may be more prone to leaking or bursting.

Affected pipes are not always easy to locate especially when you’re pipe is located in an internal wall. A plumber will be able to pinpoint the problem and begin the removal and repair of your home plumbing systems. If you ever find yourself in this predicament it is paramount you turn your mains water off as soon as possible to minimise the amount of water leaking into your home.

Why Replace Plumbing Systems

It is always a good idea to have your plumbing system assessed when you first move into a home, as there is nothing worse than moving in and having a leak on all of your new belongings. If you have lived in your home for a number of years, it may also be a good idea to check your plumbing system.

Make sure your plumbing is in excellent condition if you are experiencing any brown water or smelly water this is often a good indication your plumbing system is eroding. You want your plumbing system to work to the best of its ability rather than being on the verge of leaking or bursting. Leaks can be extremely damaging to your home, costing you thousands in repairs. Make sure you have a local plumber in your phone book for any kind of emergency.

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