Old homes hold a certain charm, but they may also be hiding years of plumbing problems. If not properly addressed, these issues can lead to high costs and potentially dangerous situations. This list includes some of the most common problems encountered in old plumbing systems. If you suspect any of these issues in your home, Ace Plumbing can help you take care of them quickly and safely.
Outdated Piping Materials
If your home was built over 30 years ago, there is a high chance that your pipes are made of materials that are considered unsafe by today’s standards. The most dangerous of these materials are lead, which was first restricted in the 1920s, but not banned completely until 1986.
Galvanized steel was also a popular option until the 1960s when it was discovered to be highly corrosive – leading to high levels of rust in the water supply. Polybutylene was the standard in the 80s and 90s, but this material can break down and crack fairly easily.
As your house shifts and gradually settles over time, the pipes underneath your home may start to slope or “belly,” which can restrict water flow and cause blockages. If this happens to your drain or sewer lines, it could mean toxic wastewater seeping into your yard. Pipe bellies can also lead to slab leaks, where water seeps into your home’s foundation and causes major property damage.
Faulty Sewer Lines
As your home ages, your sewer lines will be put under increased stress. This stress often includes sediment build-up and clogs, as well as tree root intrusion. Root intrusion happens when the trees around your home use your pipes as a source of moisture, growing into and even through the lines. Undetected, this can result in clogs and leaks, making it a serious problem.
Older homes typically still have their original fixtures. If your home’s fixtures are decades out of style, they may also be dangerously close to falling apart. General wear and corrosion can lead to broken knobs, restricted water flow, and even major leaks. Worst case scenario, you could end up with extensive water damage to your home.
Older homes have most likely had their fair share of plumbing problems over the years. The issue is whether or not these problems were repaired safely.
Many homes have had DIY fixes done by either the previous owners or handymen, rather than a professional plumbing service. These bad repairs can lead to problems as simple as loose pipes, or as severe as incorrectly installed water heaters or sloped showers that encourage mold growth.
Ace Plumbing’s Solutions for Older Homes
Homeowners with older homes can face a number of plumbing challenges. These may range from slight annoyances to potentially dangerous and severe issues. Anyone moving into a home built over 30 years ago should have an inspection done by an experienced plumbing company.
With over 25 years of experience, Ace Plumbing can help to identify and correct potentially dangerous plumbing problems. No matter what issue is uncovered, Ace Plumbing’s team of experts will make sure it is fixed the right way.