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Why Is Old Copper Piping Such a Problem for Homeowners?

Copper piping is very common in older homes. Taking a few precautions and performing regular checks and maintenance allows for a safe copper plumbing system in your home. Some older copper piping was produced using lead and other old, possibly hazardous materials. Proper testing can ensure that your water is safe. Copper pipes should be in good condition and be well maintained. After about fifty years they start to go bad. There are a few concerns and issues associated with copper plumbing that encourage some homeowners to have them replaced completely. 

Danger of Contamination or Poisoning

If your home was built more than fifty years ago, you might consider a full replacement of the plumbing. Residual materials in the old pipes can be harmful and toxic to your family. Chemicals, metals, and lead can be released into your water from the inner walls of old copper water lines. Perform adequate water testing to be sure your home’s tap water is free of foreign materials. Have your pipes inspected regularly if you have an older copper plumbing system. Plastic pipes are now the standard for newly constructed homes. 

Slow Hidden Leaks

As copper piping ages it begins to corrode. Copper oxidizes under certain conditions. This oxidation causes deterioration and creates small leaks that can be difficult to see until it’s too late. These leaks progress very slowly and can be almost impossible to detect. The leak may not become apparent until you see damage to a wall or notice a mildew odor. If this happens you might have to have all of the pipes in that room replaced. These leaks must be dealt with immediately to prevent further damage. A professional from Plumbing Outfitters can help you make the best choice to fit your budget and needs. 

Vulnerable to Damage

Some copper piping has been found to be faulty. The quality of the water lines you're using is important. They should be made with quality materials. Plumbing failures can be caused by defective copper pipes several years after installation. Acidic water can be very bad for copper systems. Scale builds up inside the lines and blocks the flow of water through the plumbing system. Copper pipes can also freeze and break more easily than plastic types during winter deep freezes. Copper cannot adapt to freezing water and allow for expansion like plastic pipes do. 

Copper Pipes Can Be a Pain


Homeowners that have copper piping are more likely to have lead and other contaminants in their water. Regular quality testing may be necessary if your copper system is old. If you’re not certain when the pipes were produced and what materials were used, there could be chemicals, metals, or dangerous levels of lead in your home’s water supply. Several problems can arise with copper pipes that lead to hassle, damage, and repairs. Tired of the hidden leaks, contaminated or discolored water, and low water pressure? Call Plumbing Outfitters today and let the professionals help you find a solution.

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