When it comes to your plumbing pipes, it's a good thing they don't make them like they used to. The plumbing in many homes built before 1970 used galvanized iron pipes (iron pipes coated with zinc). The problem is that the zinc coating slowly wears off, leaving you with an iron pipe—a pipe that rusts and corrodes.
Water pressure drop. Because of all this, your water pressure will eventually drop, the water in your tubs and faucets might have a brown tint to it, and your water-using appliances may even be damaged.
Plumbing pipe replacement. If you find yourself in this situation, your pipes need to be replaced with copper or PVC. Unfortunately, this is not a weekend project. You’ll need an experienced plumbing specialist to remove the bad pipes, dispose of them properly and install the right stuff. But the good news is you’ll enjoy stronger showers, cleaner drinking water and more efficient appliances.
Contact Home Improvement Services® for an expert evaluation of your pipes if you have low water pressure, rusty water, or leaky pipes.
How to prevent frozen plumbing pipes.
Water is one of nature’s most powerful forces. And when it freezes, water has the power to easily crack or burst your home’s pipes—creating a plumbing emergency you don’t want.
Here are a few tips to help you prevent pipes from freezing:
Drain pool and sprinkler lines and use an indoor shutoff to keep water out of outdoor hose bibs.
Insulate any pipes (even hot water lines) in unheated areas, such as basements, attics or garages. Pipes that run along exterior walls without adequate insulation frequently freeze.
During extremely cold periods, letting water trickle from your faucets can prevent frozen pipes.