You probably don’t give much thought to the pipeline that brings freshwater to your home from the municipal system. It does its job out of sight in an underground trench. But if this water line corrodes, breaks, or develops blockage, it can ruin your day or even your week! Try to think about making it through just a half-day in your house with no running water.
Your water line may be in poor shape without you realizing it. One of the ways to tell that you might need water line service is the age and material of the pipe.
How Old Is “Too” Old for a Water Line?
In 2010, a report from the National Association of Water Companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that almost 50% of all water lines in the country were in inferior shape because of age. Most water lines were installed after World War II, and studies have shown that the average age of a broken water line is 47 years. That means there is a strong chance your water line is in the “danger zone” when it comes to age-related damage.
Also playing an important part in the water line’s age is the material it’s made from. Older pipes were usually constructed from galvanized steel or clay. Although initially durable, both materials are prone to failing as they age. Modern copper pipes last for much longer. If you live in a home built before 1980, you might have a clay or steel water pipeline. It’s a wise idea to have to have it replaced to prevent any major problems.
If you have any doubts regarding your water line (or your sewer line), then don’t hesitate to give our plumbers a call. They’ll find out exactly what you need for a healthy residential plumbing system!
Red Rock Mechanical LLC has the great plumbing services your home needs in Burlington and the Plattsburg, NY area.