If you live in the Vancouver metro area and your home is over 25 years old, chances are your water pipes are made from Quest Polybutylene or another type of galvanized piping material. If this is the case, you may be starting to notice that your homes piping system isn’t quite what it used to be. But how do you know if your home is in need of an entire new set of pipes? Well, two major things to look out for when trying to determine if you need a new set of pipes are low water pressure and water discoloration.
Low Water Pressure:
In many cases, low water pressure can be attributed to leaks in your water pipes. The less reliable your pipes, the more prone you are to leaks and lower water pressure. This is especially true if your home is outfitted with Quest pipes, as these have a very poor reliability track record. Once one of them starts to leak you can be sure that the rest will follow. If you notice that your pipes are beginning to leak more and more frequently and your water pressure is remaining low, this may be a good indicator that it’s time to get your home re-piped!
Another indicator that your water pipes may be faulty is water discoloration. If you turn on your shower or your sink and notice that your water looks a bit brown and murky, it’s likely that unwanted material is bleeding into your water as it moves through your pipes, effectively discoloring it. Although in some cases water discoloration is not harmful to your health, it can be a bit disconcerting and may be enough to warrant a new set of water pipes for your home.
Should I Consider Re-piping?
If you are currently dealing with leaky pipes, especially if they are Quest pipes, we would recommend considering getting your homes pipes replaced. Not only will your leaks get worse with time, you will likely start to see more and more leaks in different parts of your home as the older pipes continue to burst. For this reason alone, we encourage homeowners to consider re-piping their home if leaks are present. Not only will re-piping help alleviate the short-term frustrations of leaky pipes, it will also vastly improve the longevity of your homes piping, meaning less hassle for you and your family in the future.
If re-piping your home is something that you are interested in doing or if you would like to know more information about the re-piping process and how it will directly benefit you and your home, please get in contact with us today! Our team of plumbers are some of the best that the Vancouver area has to offer and are always standing at the ready to help service your unique plumbing needs.