We can advise you on things you can do to prolong the life of your Charlotte, NC area home’s pipes.
Pipes – One question that we often get at Wayne’s Plumbing Repair is, “How long will the pipes in my home last?” While pipes can last for many years, they are not going to last forever. Every home eventually will need to have some or all of the pipes replaced. There are a number of things that dictate how long the pipes in your home will last.
- Supply Pipe Material – The material that your supply pipes are made of will influence how long they will last. As a rule of thumb, brass pipes last up to 100 years, copper pipes last about 50 years, and galvanized pipes last somewhere in the middle of the two, or about 50 to 75 years. If your home was built in the 1960s, it likely has galvanized pipes, and they are on the low end of the lifespan right now and could be needing replacement, depending on other factors. Although less likely, if your home was built with polybutylene pipes or lead pipes, they can be dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible.
- Drain Pipe Material – Drain lines are quite durable in most cases, as both cast iron pipes and PVC pipes can last well over 100 years under normal conditions.
If you do not know what material was used in the construction of your home for supply or drain pipes, give us a call, and we can conduct an inspection to let you know what you have and see how they are holding up. We can also advise you on other things you can do to prolong the life of your Charlotte, NC area home’s pipes, including having the correct water pressure and installing a water softener. If any of your pipes need to be repaired or replaced, we can give you a quote for the entire job, not by the hour.