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How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace Your Drains

It’s something no homeowner wants to think about: the possibility of having to replace their drains or sewer lines. However, it is something that needs to be considered.

Even if you own a new home, your plumbing might be connected to older pipes and drains. Typically, the average sewer system should be replaced after 40 years, and drain replacements are needed every 75 years or so.

So do you really need a drain replacement — or would your drain problem be better solved by a different procedure? After all, only 3% of Angie’s list respondents say a drain or sewer replacement is in their immediate plans. Why not find out for your self? Here are three signs it’s time to invest in new drains:

Unusually slow drains

If your sinks and other drains take longer than usual to drain water, you might be in trouble. In many cases, this issue can be solved with a simple drain cleaning. If this doesn’t change your drain speed, you likely need to call in a professional to have your drains rooted or replaced.

Leaky pipes

It’s easy to tell if your kitchen or bathroom sinks’ drains are leaking, since these drain pipes are visible. However, detecting leaks in shower or floor drains are a little trickier. Having these drains routinely inspected by a professional will allow you to repair small leaks before they worsen, lessening the likelihood that you’ll need to have a drain replacement. Repairing drain leaks will save you money in the long run; the average American home loses anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water a year due to leaky pipes and drains.

Rust and sediment build-up

Another potential sign of drain trouble: visible rust and sediment particles appearing around or just inside a drain opening. This is typically seen in floor drains, since it’s easier for them to become corroded. If left unchecked, this buildup can deteriorate your cleanout plug, which results in sewer gasses coming into your house. If you begin to notice a foul odor in your house, it’s time for a drain replacement.

_Have more questions about knowing which plumbing services and procedures you need in your home? Ask us anything by leaving a comment below._It’s something no homeowner wants to think about: the possibility of having to replace their drains or sewer lines. However, it is something that needs to be considered.

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