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When To Replace Plumbing Pipes


Unless your house is a new-build or only a few years old, there’s a good chance that your plumbing is outdated. After all, pipes don’t last forever and are prone to corrosion, rust, and eventual disrepair, which can damage your whole plumbing system.

Although we provide a comprehensive range of plastic pipes here at Total Pipeline Systems – all of which are lightweight and easy to install, low cost, long-lasting, and not susceptible to rust or corrosion – it’s important to know the main warning signs to look out for.

4 Tell-tale Signs It’s Time To Switch Your Plumbing Pipes For New Ones
  • Leaking pipes

Just because a plumbing pipe doesn’t have any visible cracks, it’s not to say that it isn’t leaking.

Leaks can occur as the result of loose connections between pipes. And even though it might only be a minor leak to start with, over time, it can turn into a much more serious problem when it’s exposed to pressure.

Of course, you should contact a plumber to see if they can repair the leakage but, in most cases, the pipe will need replacing.

  • Dripping faucets

Is there anything more annoying than a leaky faucet? The irritating dripping sound and the constant reminder that you’re wasting water?

If the taps in the kitchen, bathroom or en-suite are dripping, it’s a clear indication that part of the plumbing system is damaged (i.e. a worn-out cartridge, high water pressure or cracked plumbing pipes).

Repairing a dripping faucet is relatively simple and inexpensive but, if you’re unsure about anything or would like an expert opinion, it’s a good idea to seek advice from a professional before you attempt to fix the problem yourself.

  • Low water pressure

Experiencing low water pressure whilst in the shower or using the sink is not uncommon when there is a problem with the water main on your street.

However, if it has become a regular occurrence, you may have a clog in your plumbing system, your pipes could be leaking, or your pipes might not be cut out to deliver the required water pressure.

By all means, try using off-the-shelf drain cleaners to see if that alleviates the problem and removes the blockage. And if that doesn’t work, consider installing new plumbing pipes.

  • Discoloured water

When you turn on your kitchen faucet or jump in the shower, the water should be crystal clear. It should not be brown or yellow.

Though it might just be a temporary problem with your local water supply, it could be a sign that your metal plumbing pipes are corroding or rusting on the inside – calling upon the need for new ones, preferably plastic pipes that don’t corrode easily.

If left untreated, mineral deposits will clog your plumbing pipes and cause pressure to build up, and the pipes will eventually burst and cause serious damage.

Invest in plastic pipes for your plumbing system today

If any of the above signs sound familiar, be sure to check out our extensive collection of plastic pipes here at Total Pipes. From overflow waste systems, pipes and fittings to toilet pan connectors, universal sink and bath waste traps, and more, you’re sure to find the products you need to improve the functionality of your plumbing systems.

For more information about our plastic pipes or expert advice, call 01254 382 000 or email, and we’ll get back in touch shortly.