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When Is Pipe Replacement Necessary?

Since the mid-twentieth century, plumbing pipes have largely been made of copper. This is because copper is all-but-immune to rust, and can last up to a century with proper care and maintenance. They cannot last forever, though. There are a number of situations in which you will have to replace one or more pipes in your home. Let’s take a look at some of the situations when pipe replacement is necessary.


As mentioned above, all plumbing pipes need to be replaced at one time or another. Copper pipes tend to last between 80 and 100 years, barring certain issues. Iron and steel pipes last a comparable amount of time. If you know that your pipes are older than around 50 years, it’s a good idea to have them professionally checked to make sure that they’re still in good condition. Even if a pipe doesn’t have any overt problems, it’s usually better to be safe than sorry if they’re close to 100 years old.


Though rust is not a problem for copper pipes, they are not completely immune to corrosion. Pitted and formicary corrosion are caused by chlorine and formaldehyde particles in the air and soil, respectively. Both of these corrosion types will weaken the pipe over time, making it far easier for leaks to form. Corrosion can be spot-repaired much of the time, but if the pipe has too many holes in it it’s probably better to just replace it.

Lime Scale

Lime scale is the result of hard water depositing minerals on the walls of the pipe over time. If the lime scale isn’t cleaned out of the pipe in time, it will harden and be nearly impossible to remove without damaging the pipe. At that point, replacing the pipe is cheaper and easier.

If you need pipe replacement services, call The Sunny Plumber. We offer pipe replacement services throughout Tucson, AZ. 

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