When people invest in a building for either residential or commercial purposes, they must think about the quality of the utilities. Utilities have important implications for both the safety and budget of a building’s upkeep. When it comes to plumbing, people should keep their eyes open for a few signs that indicate that the piping needs to be upgraded.
What have the water bills done recently?
One of the most common signs that the piping of a building needs to be upgraded is a dramatic increase in the water bill. As piping grows older and degrades, leaks start to develop. This means that water is leaking from the pipes without being used. This will be reflected as a rise in the utility bills.
Has the water changed in appearance?
Aging pipes have trouble retaining their surfacing. Older pipes were made with different materials that may start to flake off in the water as it degrades. This could discolor the water and has important implications for the safety of people using it. Keep an eye on the appearance of your water because it could signal a time for an upgrade in the pipe quality.
How is the water pressure?
Water pressure is another easy way to determine the quality of your building’s piping. If the water pressure is very weak, you could be looking at a leaking pipe and ultimately, a failing system. A leaky pipe means that some of the water coming to your faucets, showers, or toilets is being lost along the way, which can lead to bigger health risks such as mold or mildew.
When did the pipes go in?
Depending on the age of the building, the piping may have degraded over time. While modern pipes use PVC material, older buildings might have used copper, brass, iron, or galvanized steel. All of these have different lifespans and a good way to understand more about your building’s utilities is to contact a professional for more information.
Anyone with questions should contact WP Law with any questions or concerns regarding building quality and management.