Purchasing a new fix-it-up home? Or are you finally getting around to upgrading the existing plumbing in your current home? Either way, it's vital that you focus on replacing poor plumbing materials or setups along the way. Otherwise, you could face a costly and messy plumbing disaster in the future.
Lead or Polybutylene Piping
If you have an older home, check to make sure you don't have any lead or polybutylene piping. Neither type of piping is used in newer home constructions, but the past popularity of these materials can put older homes at risk.
Lead pipes can corrode and leach lead into your supply lines. Drinking a tall glass of lead probably doesn't sound appealing. Replace any lead piping as soon as possible.
Polybutylene was a type of gray plastic piping that experienced a few decades of popularity. This type of piping is prone to splitting and cracking, which can cause unpleasant leaks that also drive up your water bill. Replace any polybutylene before you do suffer a leak problem.
Galvanized Steel Piping
Like lead and polybutylene, galvanized steel pipes appear in older homes but not in modern constructions. But unlike the previously discussed pipe types, steel doesn't pose any immediate dangers if there aren't any corroded or rusted areas.
So why replace the pipes at all? Steel piping has a max lifespan of about 50 years. Based on the time when the material was most popular in home constructions, most steel piping out there is nearing the end of its life. You might be able to get a couple more years out of your particular pipes but it's still a good idea to replace the steel when you can afford to bring in a plumber.
After you check the type of piping under your sinks, look at the setup of the pipes under there. The style of sink trap is likely either an s-trap or a p-trap. An s-trap sink is what you don't want and that type of sink is usually against local plumbing codes.
An s-trap sink has a pipe that comes out of the sink, curves up and down to form an "s", and then connects to a drain pipe that's directly under the sink. This vertical linking means that sewer gases can rise straight up the drain pipe, through the minor bends of the s-trap, and out through your sink.
Replace any s-traps with p-traps. A p-trap horizontally connects to a vertically positioned drain pipe to keep sewer gases well separated from the trap.
Here are a few of the types of plumbing you should replace ASAP. Call in a plumber like Warhold Mechanicals Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for help if you aren't sure whether you have these types of plumbing.