When you consider all the elements involved in your plumbing system – faucets, showers, toilets, drains and several others – it’s no surprise that the overall system undergoes quite a bit of wear and tear. Over time, corrosion and little leaks may form, which will cost you money in the short term and potentially lead to expensive future repairs.

At Whipple Plumbing, our plumbers know how to identify and repair these issues – but shouldn’t you have at least a working knowledge as well? Here are a few basic disclaimers on your pipe system in general, plus how to keep an eye out for worn out pipes.

Basic Pipe Disclaimers

A few basic things to know about your pipe system in general:

  • Plumbing naturally wears down over the years due to wear and tear. This can cause leaks or bursts.
  • Eroded plumbing and leaks can exist in the home without being noticed, often for long periods of time. These will continuously cost you more and more money.
  • Annual inspection of all plumbing features is recommended, particularly for homes over 50 years old.
  • Annual inspections can prevent emergency replacements, which can in turn save you thousands on top of the savings you’ll see on your utility bill.

A Careful Eye

Always keep an eye out for anything in your plumbing system that seems suspicious. That might include brown stains on the walls, ceilings or any surfaces located below plumbing fixtures – these stains might reveal hidden leaks or areas of moisture.

In addition, keep an eye out for the color of your water. If you notice a brown or yellow tint, particularly after not using water for a brief period and then turning it on for the first time in a while, this could be a sign of rust or decay in the pipes. Discolored water is a sure sign that you should have your pipes inspected by one of our plumbers.


It’s common to notice little drips in the faucet right after use, but if you still notice this kind of dripping several minutes after use, this could be a problem. Even a low rate of dripping should be fixed before it worsens and costs you a big amount in repairs or energy bills.

For more information on pipe maintenance or any of our other plumbing services, contact the experts at Whipple Plumbing today.

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