Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
From time to time, you have undoubtedly had to call your friendly neighborhood plumber to fix leaks or unclog your pipes. At most, these are annoying problems that cost you a bit of money and time. The truly big project will come when your home's pipes need to be replaced. You won't be taken by surprise by this expense if you watch for certain signs of pipe failure.
If you know the age of your pipes, you will have a better idea of how much time they have left. Cast iron drain lines can perform well for 80 to 100 years while PVC pipe is good for about 25 - 40 years. Supply pipes made of brass and galvanized steel may also last for 80 - 100 years and copper may work well for 70 - 80 years. Some pipes may not last quite so long, so you should always look for signs of trouble.
Sometimes you can literally smell a problem. If you notice a foul odor inside or outside your home, you may have leaking pipes. Another sign of bad pipes is consistent clogging. You may just have grease and debris buildup, but if the clogging continues after you've had the drains cleaned, your pipes may be breaking down. You should have your pipes inspected by a professional using a video snake. Probably the first sign of trouble comes via the mail carrier. A soaring water bill can definitely mean you have serious leaks that cannot be fixed without pipe replacement.
You may be able to reduce costs by replacing only exposed and easily accessible pipes and not those buried in the walls or in a slab. Trying to solve the problem that way should cost approximately $1000 - $6000. Also, if you fear your pipes are failing, make sure to replace pipes whenever you remodel. If your piping is 60 years old, don't wait until it collapses, take every opportunity to update what you can. Consult with your plumbing specialist about ways to safely cut costs for this expensive update.
Pipes can last for nearly a century, but eventually, they will have to be replaced. If your pipes are getting older, watch more carefully for signs of failure. Leaks, clogs, and nasty odors are often warnings that your plumbing is crumbling. Call your plumber, like Optimum Plumbing LLC, for a professional evaluation and an estimate on pipe replacement before your plumbing fails.