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Done With Repairs? It Might be Time to Replace Your Plumbing

Although it usually makes sense to conduct home repairs on an ongoing basis to try to save money, there are times when it actually makes more financial sense to replace items altogether. This is true about your plumbing, appliances, and some fixtures.

The tricky part is knowing the difference. Here are some of our best tips to help you discern the difference between a repair or a repiping service in your Baton Rouge, LA.

Replace the Shower

A leaky shower is no fun, but you can often repair it quickly if it isn’t a big deal. However, if this happens chronically, or if the leaking gets worse, even when you fix it, you should probably get a new one.

Also, if you detect any of the following: black mold, low water pressure, or sediment buildup, save yourself a headache and cost and get a new one. While you are at it, you can upgrade it to a low-flow model, which will save water and money.

Water Heater Replacement Time

Water heaters have a lifespan, so that is the first consideration. If your storage tank is approaching 10-15 years or your tankless unit is approaching 20 years, you should replace rather than repair.

For a “younger” unit, a small leak or a foul odor can likely be fixed pretty easily. If you see significant corrosion or major leaks, the problem may be more substantial, and you’d probably be better to get a new one.

Washing Machines

Again, your washing machine has a limited lifespan (eight years or so, depending on the model). If it is older, don’t bother trying to fix it; go ahead with the replacement.

Another good rule of thumb is if it is going to cost you 50 percent or more to fix it than what you paid for it, you probably should just replace it.

Don’t forget to check your washing machine hoses, which can be a major source of plumbing leaks if they rupture. They need to be replaced every 5-7 years, and it is recommended to use stainless steel instead of rubber.

Kitchen Sink Replacement

If your sink is chronically clogged, a drain cleaning and avoiding putting unpleasant matter down the drain might do the trick.

However, if the problem is more serious (i.e., the plumbing is rusted out, there is pooling water, or if the plumbing is really old) you are probably better off just to replace it.

Not sure which direction to go? Ask your plumber for their advice as to whether you repair or replace something.