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If you own a house that was built three or more decades ago, you are well aware that older homes often require special care. You should be on the alert for signs that your plumbing needs a makeover. Have your pipes periodically inspected by South Jersey plumbers to check for deterioration and telltale symptoms of wear. By paying attention to the condition of your plumbing, you can avoid overall failures that could damage your home and belongings.

If your home was built prior to the 1950s, your plumbing likely consists of copper and cast iron pipes. According to the National Sanitation Foundation, copper piping is still the most commonly used material in residential plumbing systems, but many homes built in later decades incorporate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) piping as well.

You can expect your copper plumbing to last up to 80 years before it needs to be replaced. Cast iron pipes, typically used for wastewater disposal, have a slightly longer life expectancy of between 80 and 100 years. In contrast, PVC piping may need replacement after 30 or 40 years.

Some signs of potential plumbing failure are easy to spot with a visual inspection. Discoloration or stains on the copper tubing may indicate metal stress. Dimpling and flaking are signs of corrosion. If you notice any of these conditions in your plumbing system, call a professional to take a closer look.

If your pipes begin developing frequent leaks, it could be a sign of age deterioration. The leakage will escalate throughout your water system. Don't wait until your walls and floors sustain water damage.

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When you return from a period away from home, take note of the water when you first turn on a faucet. If it is brownish or yellow in color, suspect rust within the pipes. Rust is a telltale symptom of plumbing deterioration that you must address sooner rather than later.

A complete plumbing overhaul involves some demolition to access recessed piping. Some homeowners begin their plumbing replacement project by having the contractor redo only the easily accessible piping. This strategy makes it easier to reinforce the household plumbing system while financing the project in stages.

Other homeowners combine plumbing replacement with bath or kitchen renovations. With a plumbing crew already on site, putting in new piping saves money overall. Also, renovation projects often involve the installation of new flooring and reconfiguring walls, opening access to recessed plumbing.

Another option for low-impact plumbing replacement is PEX, or cross-linked polyethylene tubing. This product is flexible, making installation in walls or flooring less invasive. While its lifespan does not compare to that of copper pipes, PEX products are warrantied for 25 years and are a less expensive alternative.

Replacing your plumbing is a major home improvement project that constitutes a significant expense. It is a price that all owners of vintage homes must face as their properties reach the end of their first century. However, timing a replacement before your plumbing fails saves the rest of your home from costly damages.

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