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When to Upgrade Your Plumbing System

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If a plumbing system doesn't serve you as well as it can, then you should consider an upgrade of the system. The following are some of the specific cases where an upgrade can help.
Age
Plumbing materials, just like other parts of the house, age and deteriorate with time. Some pipes corrode and develop leaks, some pipes burst, and others narrow with time due to debris deposits and corrosion. Replace your plumbing system when its materials age and no longer provide you with a safe service.
Your plumbing system is likely old if the house is old and still has its original plumbing system. Note that plumbing materials have different lifespans, which should guide you on when to make an upgrade. For example, PVC (a form of plastic) pipes last between 25 to 40 years, so replace your PVC pipes when they near four decades of use.
Efficiency
You should also upgrade your plumbing system if the system has lost its initial efficiency. Here are some of the signs that your plumbing system is inefficient:
  • You don't get enough hot water.
  • The water pressure is low.
  • The drains experience frequent breakdowns.
  • The drainpipes have frequent blockages.
You can solve a problem here and there with repairs. However, an upgrade is the best route to take if the problems are system-wide.
Renovations
A renovation that interferes with the capacity or efficiency of the current plumbing system also triggers the need for an upgrade. For example, if you designed your septic system for a two-bedroom house, you need a higher-capacity system if you add more bedrooms to the house. Additional hot water points or appliances also call for an upgrade to the hot water system.
Capacity
Plumbers design hot water systems to meet the capacity the household needs. Therefore, when your needs exceed the current capacity, an upgrade is the only way to avoid unusual strain on your plumbing system. For example, you might need an upgrade to your system if your household size increases. Otherwise, the system may experience frequent breakdowns.
Breakdowns
A plumbing system that experiences frequent breakdowns is probably due for an upgrade. For example, plumbing systems may prematurely fail if you don't maintain the systems properly. Thus, relatively new plumbing installation might suffer premature deterioration. If the damage is hidden, your system might suffer frequent breakdowns without a clear cause.
First, you need a professional diagnosis to identify the cause of the frequent breakdowns. Once you identify the problem, the cost of the repair versus upgrade or replacement to help you choose how to proceed.
Dangerous Materials
If you discover a dangerous material in your plumbing system, upgrade the system even if you haven't noticed any other problem. For example, some older houses have poisonous materials, such as lead and asbestos. You might not even know such issues exist in your home if your plumbing system has served you well all along.
However, if you discover the materials during an inspection or repair job, upgrade your plumbing installations with safer materials. Regular maintenance of plumbing installations can easily spot such issues.
Modernization
Lastly, you may also wish to upgrade your plumbing system to modernize it even if you haven't experienced serious plumbing problems. The plumbing industry constantly evolves, and new inventions constantly come to the market. Here are some of the modern plumbing technologies that may benefit you:
  • Touchless faucets
  • Smart plumbing installations that you can control from internet-enabled devices
  • Green or eco-friendly installations such as those from recycled materials
  • Sensors that detect plumbing problems such as water leaks
The above are just a few examples of modern plumbing that you can consider. Talk to your plumber for more ideas.
ABC Drain & Plumbing has the skills and experience to handle various plumbing issues. Talk to us whether you need to upgrade your plumbing system or want us to repair a plumbing problem.