As pipes age, they decay, corrode, leak, and break altogether. Old pipes that are not properly maintained lead to expensive water damage in your home. Keep your plumbing in tip-top shape by repairing leaks, preventing clogs, and silencing abnormal noises.
Prevent Old Pipes From Leaking
The older your pipes become, the more susceptible they are to leaks. Leaking pipes can cause mild to extreme damage. Some leaks create a slow drip while severe leaks cause widespread flooding. To mend a leak, first identify where the exposure is. If the leak is at the pipe’s joint, tighten the pipe. If the leak is stemming from the pipe itself, the pipe must be patched or replaced. Replacing old pipes requires a precise fit. Mismatched pipes lead to more holes and prevent water from flowing smoothly through your plumbing system. It’s recommended to have a professional plumber replace damaged pipes.
Repair Noisy Pipes
Old pipes are known to cause a ruckus. The good news is that noisy old pipes don’t necessarily signify a severe plumbing problem. Pipes can cause loud noises when they become loose and bang against the nearest wall. Insert a rubber patch behind the pipe’s clamp to fill the gap and secure it from hitting the wall. Supply and drain pipes placed next to one another may bump and cause a bang. Solder the pipes together or wedge a rubber patch between them. In some cases, lowering water pressure prevents nearby pipes from hitting one another.
Keep Old Pipes Clean
Aged pipes are prone to clogs that block them from doing their job. If your pipes aren’t flowing as well as they used to, give them a thorough clean. Minor clogs can be dissolved with a baking soda, vinegar, and hot water mixture. Do this once a month to prevent future buildups. If you have a severe blockage in your pipes, call a professional. They will be able to find the exact source of your clog and repair your plumbing. Moving forward, be extra careful about what you’re putting down your drain.
Old pipes function as long as they’re well-taken-care-of. Repair fixes immediately to prevent serious damage to your home. If you need a hand with your plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact North Georgia Inliners. We’ll ensure that your pipes, no matter how old, are running smoothly in your North Georgia home.