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Worn Out Pipes
Worn out pipe diagram

If you’re not a professional plumber or passionate about plumbing like we are – you don’t want to be kept awake at night thinking about the state of your pipes. But the plumbing pipes in your home are an integral part of a building. Just like a heart controls the flow of blood in and out of the heart chambers, plumbing pipes maintain the flow of water and sewerage in and out of your building. And although pipes should last for decades, after 30 years or so you could see some tell-tale signs that your pipes need a bit of tender loving care.

There are many reasons why plumping pipes get worn out. And if you suspect this might be the issue, don’t ignore it. Doing so could compound the problem and cost more to solve. But before you decide to get a professional, vetted and trustworthy opinion, see if you can identify any of the causes below:  

WATER LEAKAGE

Leaks could be an indication of something as simple as misaligned connections or it could mean pipe corrosion. Plumbing pipes deal with a lot of water pressure and wear and tear can be expected. Look out for wet spots, mould, mildew and a musty odour. If you’re lucky you might be able to spot the leak or the leak could be inside a wall. If this is the case, best to get in touch with the Drain Surgeon right away for immediate assistance. We have various, unobtrusive methods to locate leaks.

COLOUR CHANGE IN THE WATER

If your water suddenly turns murky or discoloured, it could also be due to the corrosion of pipes leading to rust stains and brown sludge. Find out more about iron in your water, how to identify the source and how to sort out porcelain stains here.

DECREASE IN WATER PRESSURE

Most often a decrease in water pressure is the result of local water supply issues. But if you’ve had a chat with your neighbours and they haven’t noticed anything – it could be an indication that your plumbing system needs a bit of help. You could have a large leak somewhere, or some of your pipes might need replacement. Call us today to get a professional, informed opinion.   

BAD TASTE

If you notice a metallic taste or odd smell to your drinking water, it is because of the high concentration of rust, iron, copper or zinc. This could be caused by pipe corrosion, and it is best to get the professionals at Drain Surgeon to check it out.

While drinking water that contains iron is not a major health risk, consuming too much copper in your water could lead to bad headaches, nausea, diarrhea and even jaundice.

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7

We love plumbing. And we love making sure your plumbing stays tip top. Drain Surgeon is the largest plumbing group in the Southern hemisphere. We will give you quick and professional service no matter what your plumbing and drainage needs may be.

Call us today and our plumbing team will take care of it – any time of the day or night. We’ve been in the business for a long time and we’ve seen it all, so you can enjoy peace of mind in the knowledge that one of our expert plumbers will be with you soon. 

At Drain Surgeon we only contract security-screened plumbers and electricians, so your home and family are in safe hands when we perform work on your premises.

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Why call Drain Surgeon? We offer all general and specialised plumbing services, 24/7.

  • We only contract security-screened plumbers and electricians, so you can feel at ease when we work on your premises.
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  • We leave all work areas clean and tidy.
  • We always aim to solve your problem quickly and professionally.

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