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Time to change pipes

4 signs that it is time to change the pipes

Time to change pipes
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While it’s always important to regularly monitor your piping, it’s even more important if you live in an older home. As the piping system ages, the piping generally shows indications of plumbing problems. If you don’t monitor piping issues closely, you may not see any signs of damage that could result in costly repairs. Check areas of your home that you wouldn’t normally think of, places like skilled plumbing, access spaces, and basements. Also look for the following clues that you may need to repair or replace pipes.

1. Losses

Even a small water leak could indicate that there is something seriously wrong with the pipes. Therefore, then a plumber needs to replace them. Most likely, they are as old as the house itself and have begun to deteriorate.

A sure sign of a leak is the accumulation of mould or mildew, on the wall of a bathroom or somewhere else in the house. Mold grows in humid environments, and a leaky pipe provides the perfect place to thrive. This is especially true if the leak is hidden under a floor or behind a wall. While noticing a bit of mould in the shower is not necessarily a big concern. But, seeing it anywhere else in the house is an indication that there could be a more serious problem.

The musty smell is unmistakable. If you notice this after spotless your home, there is likely to be a leak.

2. Corrosion of the pipe

If the pipe has dimples or scales, this probably means that substantial corrosion has occurred and that the pipe needs to be replaced. Also, if your water has a high acid content, this could kill the pipe. Furthermore, if the copper pipes remain inactive for a prolonged period, this can cause corrosion and water reactions to the flow used to connect the pipes.

3. Discoloured water

If you notice odd coloured water coming out of the sink taps, call an emergency plumber as soon as possible; This could mean that the rust is probably in the pipes. Oxidation not only makes the water unpleasant, but also hardens the water, which makes it very difficult to use it to rinse soap for clothes, skin and dishes.

4. Stains

If you notice stains under the sink or if you see discolouration on the walls or ceilings, this could indicate a problem. For example, if you look at the ceiling of a room directly under a bathroom on the second floor, and you find stains, this could mean that there is a leak. If the ceiling looks normal, carefully inspect the neighbouring walls. Any staining could mean that the leak is farther from a pipe.

Be sure to check your bathroom walls for any traces of stains or warping. This could mean that the drywall has got wet and started to bubble. When that happens, it will start to warp and eventually crack the drywall. There may be a possibility that you need to call a plumber to come and fix the leak – and you may also need to contact a professional plumber to repair any drywall damage.


These are just some methods you can use to know if the hoses may be worn, and it is time to replace them. If you are unable to check your plumbing yourself, but want to be safe, we will be happy to help! Call Leeds Plumber on 01134900384 to schedule an inspection or to change the plumbing, or visit our contact page.

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