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From the pipes that carry water throughout your Atlanta, GA, home to the fixtures you use on a daily basis, there are a lot of upgrades you can make to your plumbing system. The thing is, it can be tough to decide if it’s worth spending that money on an upgrade or if you’re better off waiting until you need to replace a fixture or pipe. If you’re not sure whether you could benefit from having a plumber upgrade your plumbing system, here’s how you can decide.
Perhaps the biggest factor to consider when it comes to upgrading your plumbing system is how old its components are. Pipes, fixtures, and fittings don’t last forever, so there comes a time when replacing these components would be wise whether you’re upgrading or not.
The life expectancy of water lines depends on what your water lines are made of. While copper lines were a popular option decades ago, price increases mean copper is used a lot less frequently today. Instead, most plumbers use PEX for water lines. Copper water lines last a little longer at about 70 years on average, while PEX lines typically last 40 to 50 years.
Modern drain lines are made of PVC, which has an indefinite lifespan. As long as the PVC pipe isn’t physically damaged, it will last a very long time. Old cast iron drain lines, however, only last about 100 years, so a house built a century ago may need its drain lines replaced.
Toilets generally go bad after about 25 years. Oftentimes, this is in the form of a leak that can’t be fixed by a plumber. Faucets last about 15 to 20 years, although you may need to replace a cartridge or some other part before that.
Water heaters are a tricky one because they vary. Old water heaters lasted a long time, but newer models only last 8 to 12 years on average. If you don’t have a professional flush your water heater at least once a year, your water heater may be done in less than 10 years.
Efficiency is another thing to consider if you’re thinking about upgrading your plumbing. Older fixtures are a lot less efficient, with some being a lot worse than others. Upgrading the faucets and toilets in your home can save you a substantial amount on your monthly water bill, and it won’t take a plumber long to get everything installed. However, you may not see massive improvements if you upgraded your fixtures 10 or 15 years ago. For homes with fixtures that are several decades old, the difference in water usage will be huge. According to experts, you can save as much as 27,000 gallons of water in a single year by upgrading to a WaterSense toilet.
Upgrading to newer fixtures also means you have a chance to add new features to your home. If you’re sick of not having a sprayer for your kitchen sink, for example, you can upgrade to a faucet with a built-in sprayer. A dual-flush toilet allows you to flush based on the amount of power you need, while a point-of-use water heater ensures you have hot water when you need it in each room. When it comes to adding features through plumbing upgrades, the possibilities are endless. You can learn more about some of the most popular plumbing upgrades by talking to a plumber about your options.
Preventing Future Problems
Nobody wants to deal with plumbing problems, and you’re significantly more likely to experience these problems if you have old fixtures or pipes in your home. Considering the lifespan of most plumbing system components, upgrading the fixtures and pipes in your home is a great way to ensure you won’t have to deal with a major problem anytime soon. Plus, you can make sure any susceptible pipes in your home are properly insulated and wrapped with heat tape to prevent burst pipes in the future. If you don’t want to spend a fortune hiring plumbers in the future, upgrading your plumbing system is a good idea.
Improved Water Pressure
Water pressure is essential for everything from washing your car to taking a shower in the morning. If you have low water pressure in your Atlanta, GA, home, you might be able to fix it by upgrading your plumbing system. Water pressure problems are often caused by problems within your fixtures or water lines, so having a plumber upgrade these components can give you a nice boost in water pressure. This is especially helpful if you have low water pressure all throughout your home, as this is often caused by your water lines.
Better Water Quality
You expect the water you drink to be safe and clean, but that’s not always the case if you’ve got old pipes in your home. Pipes and fixtures get dirty over time, which is why repiping your home and installing new fixtures is a great way to improve water quality. If you’re not sure about the water quality in your home, you can have a professional test it for you. If your water quality isn’t where it should be, that’s a good sign that you might need a plumbing upgrade.
Get It Done
Upgrading your plumbing system is a great way to add features, prevent problems and improve water pressure and quality. Even better, having an expert on your side makes it easy to upgrade.
If you’re thinking about adding some new pieces to your home’s plumbing system, Peach Plumbing & Drain can help. We’ll send out a plumber to help you figure out which upgrades you need and which you don’t. Once we’ve got everything planned out, we’ll get all your pipes and fixtures installed and tested to make sure everything is done right. To find out more about upgrading your plumbing system or schedule service with a plumber, call Peach Plumbing & Drain at (678) 322-7236