The water line is arguably the most important part of your home’s plumbing system. It is the line through which all water flows into the home, either from a well or a city water main. The water line wears down, like all other plumbing pipes, and eventually it does need to be replaced. How often the water line needs to be replaced depends on a number of different factors. If you’re not sure about the state of your water line, the best thing to do is to call a professional to examine it for you. While you’re waiting for that, though, there are a couple of preliminary questions that can help determine whether or not you need a new one.
How Often Has It Been Repaired?
A system that has to be repaired frequently tends to have a shorter lifespan than a system without substantial repairs. Frequent leaks, tree root infestations, lime scale, and the like can all shorten the lifespan of the water line over time. If you have had to have your water line repaired fairly often over the years, it’s possible that you would be better off replacing it.
What Is It Made of?
Different pipe materials have different lifespans. Iron and copper can last for many decades (though you should try to replace all of your iron pipes in order to prevent rust). Lead can also last quite a while, but it is quite toxic, and should be replaced as soon as possible if that’s what your water line is made of. A professional plumber will be able to tell you approximately how many more years the line is likely to last, based on the material and condition.
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