PLUMBING SYSTEMS: REPAIR OR UPGRADE?


Every homeowner knows the pain of dealing with plumbing system maintenance. Plumbing emergencies could be time-consuming even when you trust a professional plumber. In the Northshore and northwest suburbs of Chicago prices for plumbing services could bite, so the best tip for saving your money would be understanding the difference between repair and upgrade of your system and what suits better for you.

Having your system estimated by a plumber will give you some insides on whether it is worth it upgrading. So in this article, you’ll find some common reasons why people choose upgrade over constant repair.

Having your system estimated by a plumber will give you some insides on whether it is worth it upgrading. So in this article, you’ll find some common reasons why people choose upgrade over constant repair.

The current system is getting old

Every material has its own lifespan. Some last up to 100 years like brass and galvanized steel. Copper pipes will serve you for around 75 years while PVC (plastic) pipes would wear out in 35 years of use. Calculate how much time passed since your plumbing system was upgraded last and see if it is worth repairing. For example, if you’ve been using a PCV system for 25 years, maybe it is better to invest in upgrading to better material and forget about water leaking problems for another 50 years, than spending more money on little repairs during the next few years.

It’s always useful to consult an expert, as there are some other factors like environment and usage time that can affect the state of your system. And keep in mind that sometimes solving nice small issue is not enough and you’re risking huge water damage and system collapse all at once.

If your current system uses lead pipes, make sure to do an update. Some old houses in the US still have lead pipes, which is dangerous. Due to the material, it tends to create more corrosion and in the end, water consists of a really high number of acids.

You’re saving money in the long run

Constant micro repairs are more draining for your wallet than a complete upgrade of a system. If you’re noticing that after each repair there is a new problem that pops up or that you keep repairing the same thing all over again - it’s a sign that you are already spending more money than you should. Especially if a plumber becomes a frequent guest in your house.

Why do you keep having some troubles with your plumbing system? It could be time and amount of usage that wears out your pipes, it could be material and sometimes it could simply be a poor job of a plumber who set your system up. Make sure to find the best specialist on the market to protect yourself from getting back to technicians every other 5 months.

Why do you keep having some troubles with your plumbing system? It could be time and amount of usage that wears out your pipes, it could be material and sometimes it could simply be a poor job of a plumber who set your system up. Make sure to find the best specialist on the market to protect yourself from getting back to technicians every other 5 months.

Prevent your house from further damage

Even when a visible part of your water supply system looks good, you never know the situation with pipes hidden in the walls or ceiling. That's why, when you keep having little problems with minor leaking or water discoloration, book an appointment with a plumber to check the state of the whole system. If it’s not estimated and taken care of at an early stage it could cause the collapse of the whole system or a major emergency. Plumbing emergencies usually drag with them possible problems with flooring (especially if it’s hardwood floor), wall structure and coating, ceiling coat and sometimes electricity.

Most people pay close attention to decoloration, water pressure, possible leaks and drainage systems. So even if you feel like updating is not necessary, make sure those possible problems are solved.

Prevent your house from further damage

You rarely need repairs.

If you have troubles with the plumbing system once every 5 years, there is no need to overthink it. If you want to be cautious about the state of your water system, just have a plumber come for an annual estimate.

It’s a rental place or you’re not planning on living at that property for the long term.

In that case, an upgrade might be a waste of money for you, as we proved before that upgrading benefits you in the long run! But if you feel like the system in your rental place needs an upgrade, the responsible thing to do is let it know to those who are in charge. Always be aware of how much damage a broken plumbing system can do to the whole property.

Summing up everything that was said before, ignoring red flags in your plumbing system can cause way more damage to your house and to your wallet, than upgrading the whole water-supply system. At the end of the day, everything is about numbers, right? Book an estimate with a professional, go through all the little details, keep in mind how important it is to use quality and long-lasting material. An experienced plumber will always highlight all of the needed repairs, so you would be able to analyze the possible future expenses as well.

The main life hack is choosing a professional team to insure yourself for the future. An experienced company, like Excellent Plumbing, can assist you with making the right choice. Remember you’re not investing only in a new plumbing system, you’re investing in decades of worry-free life!

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