Pipeline systems can last for a very long time. Depending on how well you take care of your plumbing fixtures and the material they are made of, a pipeline system can live up to 100 years.
Materials such as cast iron lines have an average lifespan of 75 to 100 years. Copper lines can exceed 50 years, and brass supply lines can last around 50 to 70 years. On the other hand, PVC pipelines do not last as long as metal, but with proper care, they can last for a maximum of two decades.
Nonetheless, there are a few things that you, as a homeowner, can do to prolong the lifespan of your pipeline system.
Whenever you are facing a clogging issue, whether due to sediment build-up or deterioration of old pipelines, you should avoid using chemicals to unclog your drains.
They will solve the problem but at the expense of the quality of your plumbing fixture. Once chemicals make contact with either metal or plastic, it slowly makes the interior brittle and prone to cracks and other damages.
Early retirement of pipes is also associated with damages caused by chemical drain cleaners.
Adjust Your Water Pressure
Strong water pressure tends to put a lot of stress in your pipes that result in wearing the material as well as the connectors to its limit. Frequently check if the PSI of your home is below 85 to avoid early signs of pipe deterioration.
Consider Replacing Galvanized Steel
Galvanized steel was common before the ’70s. Most old houses have galvanized pipelines; however, the average lifespan of this material is 30 to 40 years. Meaning, old galvanized pipes are probably decaying at the moment.
Repiping your home is the best solution to this. The most common replacement today is either copper or PVC. When deciding which to choose, it is best to consult a professional.
Einstein Pros is a trusted plumbing company in Oregon that provides 100% satisfaction service for all pipes issues. We cater to pipe problems such as pipeline installation, pipeline repair, pipe unclogging service, pipe replacement, and whole repiping service. Call us now to book an appointment.