Signs that you need to upgrade your plumbing

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Signs That You Need To Upgrade Your Plumbing

In need of a repair? Many homeowners have found themselves in the same position and are trying to find a DIY solution to save some pennies.

Trying to go it alone is understandable during the UK’s cost-of-living crisis – however, there are some issues for which you will need a professional or risk a small repair turning into a plumbing nightmare. Here are some signs for which you should keep an eye out that will tell you that it’s time to upgrade your plumbing.

Water Discolouration

There are only a few circumstances in which discoloured water isn’t a cause for concern. You should expect to see clear water running from your faucet unless you live in a rural area, are under a boil order or use a well. If none of these apply to you, it’s time to summon a plumber.

Discolouration can indicate corrosion in the pipes, which could eventually result in your pipes bursting and causing some serious damage.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure is a tricky one. While it could mean that you have a simple clog in the plumbing, it can also be a sign that there is a leak in one of the pipes. In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to the framing and foundation of your home becoming water damaged as well as the growth of mould.

While maybe not sounding too threatening, mould can negatively affect your health and the air quality in your home, so you’ll want to call a professional to avoid such a scenario. 


Along with water discolouration, leaks are one of the first signs that you’ll notice when there’s a problem with your plumbing. They can be an indication of several issues, taking the form of wet spots on floors, ceilings and walls. 

While it’s important to address a leak straight away, repairing them can be pricey; it’s the kind of circumstance in which one might dip into an emergency fund or explore an alternative to quick online loans to cover it at short notice.

Piping Materials

The type of piping that you have depends on where and when your house was built but, regardless, all pipes have a lifespan. Having them checked frequently can let you know when it’s time for an upgrade and prevent disaster before it happens.

Pipes are made from different materials, and you should find out what type is used in your house so that you’re aware of their lifespan and can act accordingly.

Slow Draining

A slow drain may not sound like too much about which to be concerned, partly because there is a whole host of different causes for such an issue. While it could be as easily fixed as a clog, though, slow drains can also be a sign of a bigger issue.

It could mean that there is poor venting in your pipes or that your underground drains are blocked. In both cases, you’re best off consulting a professional.


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