Pipes are, for the most part, very reliable and provide us with many years of service without any trouble. I was just thinking of pipe organs and smoking pipes neither of which I know anything about.
I do know how to repair, replace, and install pipes for water and waste lines. The pipes in your home will work for you for many years without any trouble. When they leak or break call a professional right away. I promise the problem will only get worse.
The process to repair or replace your pipes is different for every different type of pipe. You can have Cast Iron, PVC, ABS, PEX, cement, asbestos and or copper pipes in your home. If your home is older you will have more chances of having problems, sorry.
There are some things you can do to help protect your pipes but generally if everything is working properly your all set. I will discuss how to take care of each type of pipe and system as I go through them.