Your water line is designed to last quite a while. In fact, modern copper water lines should last up to 100 years. That being said, though, there are a number of different ways that your water line could be compromised well before it hits that century mark. If you’re living in an older house, chances are you’ll have to have your water line replaced even sooner. If you aren’t sure whether or not your water line needs replacing, keep an eye out for some of the signs listed below.
This is more common in older houses, where the water line is still made of iron piping. Discolored water is a sign of advanced rust in your pipes. Typically, when it gets advanced enough that you have a constant stream of discolored water, you need to replace the pipe before it ruptures.
Loss of Water Pressure
This is typically caused by lime scale buildup in the pipes, as a result of years of hard water exposure. Lime scale is a kind of mineral deposit that builds up over time and restricts the flow of water through the pipe. If it becomes advanced enough, the lime scale cannot be cleaned out of the pipe. The entire thing will need to be replaced to restore proper function.
You should make a point of inspecting your water line at least once a year, what sections of it you can actually see. Keep an eye out for corrosion on the pipes, identifiable as a white, chalky substance. Depending on how advanced the corrosion is, you should talk to a professional plumber about replacing your water line.
If you suspect your water line of needing replacement, call The Sunny Plumber. We provide water line replacement services throughout Tucson, AZ.