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Ordinary Plumbing Problems in Older Houses

Ordinary Plumbing Problems in Older Houses
May 05/2022

Ordinary Plumbing Problems in Older Houses

Every first-time home buyer dreams of owning an older home on an oversized lot or in an established neighborhood with extensive construction. However, older homes have their fair share of plumbing issues that can wreak havoc later after settling. Most plumbing problems go undetected until a significant issue calls for a plumber. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we have an experienced team well-equipped to help you bring your plumbing system to code and avoid costly repairs and replacements.

If you don't know the signs to look out for, hiring a reputable plumber for regular maintenance checks can help address potentially failing, and outdated plumbing components before the issue gets out of hand. Before deciding to purchase an older house, here are some common problems that a plumber should assess to avoid future plumbing-related issues.

The State of Old Pipes

Most homes in North America were built during the mid-20th century and had old plumbing worn out and probably damaged. This means homes 50 years old have plumbing that has perhaps seen better days, and pipes can go for years without the homeowner checking on them. The type of pipe used can help determine their condition, and our competent plumber can help you make an informed decision.

Homes built in the 1960s had galvanized pipes, and if this is the case for you, there's a huge problem. This type of pipe is made of iron and coated with zinc which erodes over time, making it susceptible to rust. Failure to address this issue can lead to contamination of your drinking water and various health complications.

Plumbing in homes built between 1970 and 1990 is similar to those in the '20s, and homebuyers are advised to check for polybutylene. This type of plastic is known to have a bad reaction with the oxidants found in water, causing it to break faster than metal pipes. It is advisable to have the entire plumbing changed to prevent complications in the future.

Other Plumbing Issues

Modern homes are built with PEX pipes, CPVC pipes, and copper pipes resistant to corrosion and can handle extreme temperatures. However, there are specific plumbing issues that one needs to be on the lookout for, especially in homes that are more than twenty years old. One of these issues is buckled pipes formed when your home shifts, causing the flow of water to slow and creating pools within your sewer line. As sewer lines build up waste, they become buckled, leading to leaks, backups, and blockages.

 Most established neighborhoods have big trees, which are known to invade water pipes that have a weakness and are leaking. Tree roots can find hairline cracks along with the piping and start to grow inwards, putting pressure on the line and eventually cracking it. Luckily, routine inspections can ensure such issues are dealt with before you find yourself with a flooded home. Contact us today at Mr. Rooter Plumbing, and talk to a plumber about a plumbing inspection. We guarantee quality services at cost-effective prices.