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When to Repipe Your Home

Plumbing pipes are constructed to last quite a long time, many decades under the right circumstances. However, all things must come to an end. Sooner or later, you will need to replace the plumbing pipes in your home. There are a number of different factors that could contribute to a need to schedule repiping. Read on to find out more.

Age

Most plumbing pipes, on average, tend to last around 50 years tops. Under the best circumstances, some pipes can last twice as long. That can’t really be counted on, however. If your plumbing pipes are older than 50 years, you might want to talk to a professional about having them replaced.

Materials

Since the 1960s, most of the plumbing pipes in homes have been made of copper. However, there are still plenty of plumbing pipes in homes across the country that are made of iron, or even lead. If you have pipes in your home that are made of something other than copper, you may want to consider having them replaced. This is especially important in the case of lead, which, as recent news has made quite clear, is highly toxic.

Corrosion

Plumbing pipes corrode over time, regardless of the type of material that they are made of. Even copper pipes have to deal with the likes of pitted and formicary corrosion. If just a small amount of corrosion is caught on a pipe, it can typically be patched up without much of an issue. For really widespread corrosion, however, there isn’t much that can be done. It is far cheaper, in cases such as these, to replace the entire system rather than patch 200 small holes in it.

The Sunny Plumber offers a full range of piping services throughout Tucson, AZ. If you need piping services of any kind, call today. 

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