Older pipes in your Highland Park, Illinois, home can cause a variety of plumbing issues. If you replace old pipes before it’s too late, you can prevent these issues from becoming more serious. Here are a few signs that you might need to replace your old pipes:

Sporadic Leaks

You might not think having a few leaks over the course of the year is a serious plumbing issue. But in many homes, the pipes were all installed at the same time and are made of the same materials. That’s why these infrequent leaks are warning signs of more trouble to come. Consider re-piping services to prevent serious leaks from developing in the near future.

Water Discoloration

Do any of your faucets produce yellow or brown water when you first turn them on? This can happen in pipes that have been sitting unused for a while, like after you’ve been on vacation. Unfortunately, the discoloration is a result of rust, and it’s a sign that your pipes are decaying inside. Schedule a pipe replacement soon to avoid potential water damage.

Low Water Pressure

If you have low water pressure, it could be the result of a clogged faucet or shower head. Tie a plastic bag full of vinegar over the tap for a few hours to unclog it. If your water pressure continues to be low, it’s time to call in a professional. A plumber can check for potential causes like a burst pipe that’s leaking behind the walls. If that’s the cause of your low water pressure, have your pipes replaced as soon as possible.

Foul Water Odor

If your water starts to smell strange, it’s time to get your pipes checked. Foul odors in your water can be a sign that bacteria has started to develop in your pipes. That last thing you want to expose your family to is contaminated water.

Though pipes in your home are made to withstand decades of use, they won’t last forever. If it’s time to replace your pipes, contact Carefree Comfort, Inc. at 847-388-0115 to schedule re-piping servicesfor your home.

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