Telling Signs Your Home's Plumbing Is Ready for an Upgrade

Most homeowners take for granted the plumbing that delivers water for a variety of household uses, then removes that water after it’s been used, along with human and food wastes. Over the years, as with anything else, your home’s plumbing will corrode and deteriorate. At some point, a home plumbing upgrade will be necessary. But how will you know? Following are some key signs that a home plumbing upgrade may be necessary in your Portland area home.

Telltale Signs Your Plumbing Is Shot

  • Stains on walls and other surfaces near plumbing pipes indicate current or past leaks. And even if the pipes aren’t leaking now, if they have in the past, that’s a sure sign that they may in the future.
  • If dimples, discoloration, stains or flaking are occurring on visible pipes, it’s probably occurring throughout your home’s network of plumbing. These all signal ongoing corrosion.
  • If your bathtub water is discolored – brown, rusty or yellow – this probably reflects corrosion and rusting in the pipes. Pay particular attention when you come home from a vacation; during that time, water sitting in corroded pipes will acquire that off coloration. If the pipes are fine, that’s not going to happen.
  • Beware of leaks. While this may seem obvious, many homeowners disregard minor leaks that are easily repaired. Yet, those small leaks may suggest a bigger problem in your home’s plumbing. As with the other red flags for your plumbing, minor leaks probably aren’t an isolated problem. Your home’s plumbing system likely was installed all at once, so if deterioration and corrosion is happening in one spot, it’s happening elsewhere.

Regular professional inspections and maintenance can help prevent plumbing problems in your home. For help avoiding a premature home plumbing upgrade, or to deal with any plumbing issues that may arise, please contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling, providing quality HVAC and plumbing services the Greater Portland area.