How does a professional decide when a system needs replacing?
Last edited by a moderator:
The joints are more likely to fail rather than the pipe. Those look like Yorkshire fittings rather than end feed, which raises the question of whether its original install by a tradesman or some old DIY wotk!
Either way, if it's in good condition and less than 50 years old then no reason not to leave it... We make a decision on an individual site basis and subject to visual physical condition of the pipework.
Beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that!
I'm going to research Yorkie and Endfeed so I know what your talking about But how can you tell if the pipes are in distress and how do I know how old my pipework is? Are there any little clues such as discoloration?
Really? Touch and feel the pipe actually can indicate how old it is?? Your not having me on are you? I work with trades so I know all about great builders banter!!
Cut a section of the pipework, does it look clear and clean.
Does it run nicely where it’s unlikely to be damaged or corroded (screeds etc..)
Do joints look sound.
Any sign of pipe distress.
I suppose it’s a personal opinion at the end of the day. Went to a job a few weeks ago for new boiler... one chap told the customer to rip out all pipework and start again... quoted £4k for the full job with boiler.
I went in and thought the pipework looked ok. Boiler was about 16 years old... turns out the original installer had written ‘all pipework throughtout house replaced’ in the original boiler manual. I was comfortable with that - as was the customer. Installed 2002.