If your home is old and you know that it has old pipes, you should also know getting them replaced as soon as possible will be the best choice for your health and to prevent any future plumbing disasters. However, we’re not here to lecture you.
Actually, we are, just a little bit. At the very least, there’s a chance that being aware of why old pipes are bad for your home could be very helpful to you, either now or in the future. In this post, we’ll explain just a few reasons that old pipes could be trouble if not dealt with.
Old Pipes are Hazardous to Your Health
Specifically, we’re talking about galvanized steel pipes. These pipes have not been installed in homes since the 1970s, and part of the reason is that they can release lead into your water. We shouldn’t have to state how dangerous lead is for the health of you and your family. If you know you have old pipes and you or your family has been experiencing symptoms like fatigue, headaches, nausea, and others, the galvanized steel pipes in your plumbing certainly aren’t going to help.
When Combined With Newer Pipes, Old Pipes Can Create Corrosion
Simply replacing most of the pipes in your home isn’t enough. The old pipes in your home need to be replaced. One of the reasons is due to a type of corrosion that happens when two dissimilar metals are placed next to each other. In most plumbing applications, the specific combination we’re talking about is galvanized steel and copper.
If you decide to add a new room or to replace some aged or leaking pipes with copper, your plumber in SLC will need to make sure all the connecting pipes are updated as well. Otherwise, it won’t be long before the pipes are leaking and need to be replaced again.
Sewer and Main Water Line Risks
When we talk about plumbing, it’s no surprise that we’ll be talking about leaks at some point. The problem with leaks, though, is always about the location rather than the leak itself.
Leaks in your sewer line or main water line always pose the biggest threat because of how essential they are for your entire plumbing system. Combine that with pipes that are old and aging, and you have a recipe for disaster. A few reasons why old pipes are a huge threat to these lines are:
- Materials: As you would expect, old pipes are often made of materials like galvanized steel, which we’ve already established as bad.
- Hard Water: Hard water is water that’s full of minerals like magnesium and calcium. These minerals tend to settle in our plumbing systems, creating blockages through the line, leading to water pressure problems and other clog systems.
- Cracks: As pipes age—especially those beneath several pounds of soil—they can crack. Even before the potential of bursting pipes, a hairline crack can release enough water to attract roots. These roots can enter your pipes and clog the line entirely.