Like any other mechanical parts of any structure, plumbing elements in the home will naturally wear down over time. Pipes, drains and various fixtures are all designed with durability in mind, but simple realities of corrosion and chemical properties dictate that these will wear down and require repair or replacement.

At All Hours Plumbing, our plumbers can help you figure out when the time has come to replace various elements in your plumbing system. Our plumbing services include all the inspections and expertise you need to make these kinds of calls. We can also use your help identifying some of the earliest signs of old or worn-out plumbing – here are a few to look out for, plus what they might mean.

Water Odor

One of the first signs some homeowners begin to notice is water that simply smells bad, often in multiple fixtures or rooms. Water should have a neutral odor, and any other significant smell is often a telltale sign that bacteria has built up somewhere in your pipes.

In some cases, this kind of bacteria can not only be harmful to your pipes, but to the health of the home’s occupants. A common smell some people notice here is the smell of eggs, either fresh or rotten. This is often a sign that certain plumbing elements need to be replaced.

Water Appearance

Another red flag regarding plumbing elements that need replacement is water that isn’t clear. Clean, proper water should be completely transparent, so if you notice any other color or tint, it should raise some issues right away.

If your water is darker, this usually means you have a corrosion issue somewhere in your pipes that could not only be impacting water quality, but also leading to major leak and water loss issues. It turns brown because it picks up rust from the pipes as it moves along. Pipes with rust are also at higher risk of sediment buildup, which can lead to burst pipes and major expenses.

Water Damage

If you’re lucky, any plumbing leaks that develop in your pipes will be in visible areas where you can quickly identify the issue and have it repaired. If not, though, leaks might happen behind walls or in other areas you can’t access, and in these cases you often won’t discover them until they’ve created major water damage in an area of your home. The moment you notice large brown water stains, drips or any other signs of water damage, contact our plumbers to see about what can be done.


Another possible result of water damage is mold formation, which can be not only unsightly and smelly but also harmful to human health. Mold presence is a sign that you have some kind of significant issue in your plumbing, and you should contact our pros right away.

For more on identifying the signs of plumbing that should be replaced, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the pros at All Hours Plumbing today.