All plumbing pipes will eventually wear down. That’s why it’s important to get them checked by professionals on a routine basis and when you notice anything abnormal.
At David LeRoy Plumbing, we encourage homeowners to take any potential plumbing pipe problems seriously. What seems like a minor leak can quickly cause major damage to your home. The best way to avoid these headaches is by addressing concerns as soon as possible.
If you suspect that you may need plumbing pipe repair or replacement, contact our expert technicians to schedule an appointment. We can often offer same-day calls to take care of plumbing emergencies like burst and frozen pipes.
Why Plumbing Pipes Wear Down
As long as plumbing pipes are installed correctly, they should last for decades. However, many homeowners in New Cumberland, Harrisburg and Camp Hill own residences with pipes that may have been installed decades before. The older the pipe, the more likely it is to wear out, buckle, break, dislodge or corrode. This is especially true of metal pipes, which react to the natural and added chemicals in water. In fact, any type of water impurities can cause premature pipe failure.
Most people aren’t sure if their water contains impurities that might affect their pipes. At David LeRoy Plumbing, our team offers water testing to provide a definite answer. In the event that the water could be harmful to your pipes, we can install water purification equipment to protect the piping and provide greater peace of mind.
It is critical for homeowners to call a professional plumber at any suspicion of a plumbing pipe breakdown. The good news is that most pipes that need replacement will show early warning signs that they are nearing the end of their useful life span. These signs may include:
- Uneven flow of water through the pipes due to buildup within the pipe walls.
- Continuous leaks in different places throughout the house.
- Brown or rust-colored water coming from faucets, possibly indicating corrosive particles in the water supply.
- Tiny pieces of corroded pipes coming out of faucets, especially when the faucets are first turned on.
- Wet spots in the yard that never dry up, even on the hottest, driest days.
- Water pooling up or bubbling out of the ground.
Remember that not all pipes need to be replaced when a troublesome issue arises. Professional teams like those at David LeRoy tend to opt for conservative measures whenever possible, such as replacing only a small section of pipe, or otherwise repairing the existing pipe.
Could the Problem Be a Burst Plumbing Pipe?
Sometimes, plumbing pipes will burst or open up in places, but they usually aren’t in plain sight. Homeowners should be on the lookout for any indications of a burst pipe, such as:
- Unusual noises like hisses, bubbling or banging coming from the plumbing system.
- Mildew or “rotten egg” smells in the house.
- Clogged drains or drains that empty slowly for no apparent reason.
- Water discoloration or water that smells unpleasant.
- A sudden spike in water usage on the monthly bill, despite no changes in household water use.
Burst pipes need to be addressed fast. If they are allowed to leak water between floors, walls and ceilings, they can cause thousands of dollars in damage that may not be covered by home insurance policies. In the long run, intervention and plumbing repair always costs less than allowing a suspected burst pipe to go unfixed.
Trenchless Pipe Replacement and Repairs
In many cases, water comes in and goes out of homes through underground pipes. When an underground pipe bursts or needs to be replaced, the job often requires digging a trench. However, whenever possible, we offer advanced trenchless pipe services.
Trenchless pipe repair is typically quicker, easier on your yard and less expensive overall. Be sure to ask about this option when you set up your next appointment with our trained experts.
Choose David LeRoy Plumbing for Pipe Repair and Replacement
Whether you know your system needs help or just suspect a pipe problem, let us serve you and your family by helping you maintain a healthier, safer home through plumbing repair and replacement.
Contact us anytime, including evenings and weekends. We offer 24-hour emergency service and can tackle underground pipe repairs throughout most of central Pennsylvania.