How Do I Know When It’s Time to Replace My Pipes?

Even the highest quality piping material won’t last forever. Whether you’ve been living in your home for years or looking for a new home, it’s important to know the condition of your home’s plumbing. But how do you know when pipes are ready to be replaced?

Here are a few telltale signs that it’s time to speak with a plumber about replacing your home’s pipes:


Do you live in an older home? Have you ever replaced the pipes? If not, then this is a factor that should be considered when deciding if it’s time to replace your home’s pipes. Here is a quick overview of how long most piping material lasts:

  • Cast-iron drain lines: 80-100 years
  • Copper supply lines: 70-80 years
  • PVC drain lines: 25-40 years

At Quick Step Plumbing & Drain Service, we recommend giving us a call and scheduling a pipe inspection if you’re concerned aging may be taking a toll on your pipes.

Exposed Piping

Exposed pipes sometimes show signs of damage such as discoloration, flaking, dimpling, and other issues. Sometimes, these irregularities aren’t easy to spot. However, one of the first indications of damaged piping is water color. If you notice your water is discolored, this is a sign of pipe decay. We recommend replacing the pipes as soon as you can to prevent leaks and avoid water damage.

Sewer Pipes

It’s not just the pipes in your home that you need to worry about replacing. Homeowners also need to consider the state of their underground sewer and water pipes. These pipes are at risk of corrosion and tree root intrusion because of cracks. Sewer pipes, especially those made of clay or cast-iron material, can become easily damaged from chemicals in the water or large blockages.

Unlike exposed piping, homeowners can’t tell as easily that there are problems with their underground piping. Therefore, they have to rely on our experts to use sewer cameras to find out the condition for them. Luckily, this is an easy task that doesn’t take long to do. We can find out the condition of underground pipes in less than an hour and make repair or replacement suggestions.


Are you planning a remodel or room addition at your home? This is the perfect time to consider upgrading to new pipes. When walls are open, and piping is exposed, pipe replacement makes perfect sense.

At Quick Step Plumbing & Drain Service, we take the guesswork out of pipe replacement for our customers. Whether you’ve had problems with leaky pipes or just want to know the condition of your pipes, call a plumber in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, today to schedule a complete pipe inspection!

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