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How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Pipes

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Pipes

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Pipes

The pipes in your home’s or business’ plumbing system are the vessels that safely and readily transport clean water to and wastewater (and waste) from your property. They are often made of material that can last up to 100 years, but improper usage, neglect, and accidental damage can shorten that life expectancy. Either way, the pipes will eventually have to be replaced. How do you know it’s time to replace the pipes, though? That is exactly what we will review in this article brought to you by Drain Doctor. If you have any particular questions or concerns, or if you would like to hire a professional plumber, then call Drain Doctor to get in touch with a live representative. We are always happy to help.


Figuring out how long the pipes will last can be difficult as everyone’s plumbing system is different. There are plenty of different materials that are used to make pipes. One thing that they all have in common, though, is that they have a life expectancy. If you know what your building’s pipes are made of, then you can estimate when it is time for a replacement.
The most common materials are cast iron, copper, galvanized steel, PVC, and brass. PVC is the least long-lasting with a life expectancy between 25 and 40 years. Granted, upgraded PVC pipes can last up to 70 years. Copper pipes can last between 70 and 80 years while brass, galvanized steel, and cast iron can last up to 100 years.

Damage and Irregularities

Just because cast iron pipes, for example, can last up to 100 years does not necessarily mean that they will last that long. Corrosion, rusting, misalignments, and extreme temperatures can damage pipes and shorten their life expectancy. This is especially true if the installation was performed carelessly or if the plumbing system is not well-maintained. Improper installation can leave gaps between pipes and improper usage can lead to clogs, cracks, and leaks. Even invasive tree roots can damage pipes as they stretch out in search of water and penetrate pipes.
If you notice discolored water or notice water leaks, then it might be that you will need a replacement sooner rather than later. Contact a professional plumber as soon as you notice signs of plumbing damage.


If you are planning to remodel parts of your building, then you have a wonderful opportunity to save some time and money. Replacing pipes involves opening up walls and floors to access the old pipes and place the new ones. If you are going to open up walls anyway, then why not inspect the pipes and replace old, degraded, and damaged pipes while you are at it? This way you can knock out two tasks at once, saving a good amount of time and money.

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If you are having issues with your plumbing system, then call Drain Doctor any time to get in touch with a live representative and request an emergency dispatch or schedule a flexible appointment. We are thrilled to be available around the clock.