Does your home have clogged pipes?
How To Tell If You Have Clogged Pipes
Clogged, dirty pipes can lead to a variety of other plumbing problems. Depending on how clogged they are, you’ll probably need a professional drain cleaning, and you may need to replace your pipes entirely. If you’re planning a home renovation on a room with pipes and faucets, you’ll want to determine the condition of your pipes first.
The first thing you should check for is your water flow. If the water isn’t coming out as quickly and strongly as it should, you most likely have dirty pipes. Often, homeowners will think the trouble is water pressure when they have clogged drains. Water pressure will be the same in all parts of your home, as well as in all homes in your area. It will also be the same at times of day. If you notice water pressure that doesn’t conform to these rules, your problem is clogged drains.
Check the water throughout your home and make sure it all flows at the same rate. If you find one faucet specifically has a lower flow rate, you’ll need to investigate further. You should also check your drains if you’ve noticed a neighbor’s water pressure is higher than yours.
Without adequate water flow, regardless of the water pressure, whirlpool tubs, showers, and toilets will not work properly. Before installing any new fixtures, check to make sure your drains are good condition. You may otherwise compromise the quality of your plumbing fixtures.
If you do replace your pipes, keep these tips in mind:
- Plastic pipe will be much easier to work with than metal.
- PVC pipe can only be used for cold water. Be sure you use the PVC pipe made for drinking water if that’s what you need.
- ABS pipe can be connected to several different kinds of metal pipe. Usually, however, it’s used in bathrooms for waste removal and drain.
- PEX can carry hot or cold water and is a great choice for home interiors.
- CPVC is mainly used for hot water and is a great substitute for copper pipe.
- Galvanized steel used to be used for water supply lines, but it was discovered to be susceptible to corrosion and mineral deposits. There’s a good chance galvanized steel pipes are what you’re replacing!
Don’t underestimate the troubles that clogged pipes will cause. All of your plumbing devices rely on adequate water flow to function properly. Plus, letting your drains stay clogged will only make the problems get worse, and soon you’ll be looking at more expensive repairs.