Common Plumbing Problems in Older Texas Homes

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Older homes are often full of character and uniqueness that newer homes don’t have. Things like built-in bookshelves and secret doors are the best parts of owning an older home. However, older homes come with their fair share of problems and one of the most common things we come across are plumbing problems. Many homeowners don’t realize how important up to date plumbing is until they run into costly leaks and repairs. We’re sharing with you the most common plumbing issues we see in older homes.

Galvanized Pipes

In most older homes, our plumbing contractors see a lot of galvanized pipes. A galvanized pipe is a steel pipe covered in a layer of zinc. Over time, the zinc erodes and causes the pipe to deteriorate. Galvanized pipes can cause water pressure issues, leaks, and stopped up toilets and sinks. Galvanized pipes can also be found in commercial buildings but we see it most often in residential plumbing repairs.

Bad Plumbing Repairs by Homeowners

Many homeowners like to try and fix things themselves, which can be a good thing if you know what you’re doing. However, plumbing isn’t the same as fixing a squeaky door or a window that won’t shut. Older homes who have had multiple owners usually fall victim to faulty plumbing repairs by well meaning homeowners. Sometimes we find sewer repairs that weren’t done correctly and then pipe installation that doesn’t quite fit. If you aren’t a plumbing expert, it’s best to find a plumber near you to do the work.

Drains and Pipes that Have Shifted

Overtime, a home’s foundation will shift and so will the pipes and drains running through and beneath it. If you’ve noticed a leak in your slab foundation or maybe just a crack, there’s a good chance that the pipes underneath your home have been compromised in some way. Professional plumbers often do slab leak detection to insure that their diagnosis of plumbing problems is correct.

Plumbing Dynamics Can Fix Your Old Plumbing

Whether you’re moving into an older home or you’ve owned one for many years, chances are your plumbing is outdated and isn’t up to code. Before you try to fix it yourself, call our experts to come and handle it for you. We offer competitive pricing and great customer service to satisfy your needs. Get in touch with us today to schedule your plumbing services.

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for the Spring and Summer

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Spring and summer can turn into plumbing disasters for homeowners and businesses alike. Plumbing repair services can cost a small fortune and even more if the problem has been neglected for awhile. As the temperatures in the Dallas area rise and you start your spring cleaning, it’s a good time to do some general maintenance on your plumbing and have a professional plumber double check your drains and pipes. Here are a few simple plumbing maintenance tips for your home or commercial business.

Thawing Your Outdoor Plumbing

For both residential and commercial properties, thawing out pipes that are underground and outdoors is incredibly important to keep them from rupturing. Our Plano plumbers advise that before using your sprinkler system or even your garden hose, you should always make sure that the ground has had enough time to warm up the pipes buried underneath. When the temperature changes rapidly it can cause them to burst, causing you a major headache and lots of money in the process.

Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

Though gutters and downspouts aren’t entirely plumbing-related, they can certainly impact the functionality of a home or business. Gutters stuffed with leaves will be forced to push water over the sides of the gutters onto the ground and around the foundation of a building. Water build up in areas where it shouldn’t be can eventually seep into your basement or underneath your house. Not only will you be needing commercial plumbing or residential plumbing services to remove the water, you’ll also likely need someone to fix your foundation.

Check Your Drains for Plumbing Problems

If you have drains in your home or business that are rarely used, it’s probably a good time to check how well your drains are working. Pour a gallon of hot water into the drain to clear out any debris and to make sure there’s not a drainage problem. If it’s gurgling and doesn’t seem to be draining, you need to call a commercial plumber to come look at your problem before it gets worse.

Do Your Yearly Plumbing Maintenance

Many plumbing issues can be prevented by annual maintenance from a plumbing contractor. While there are certainly things you can do yourself as a home or business owner, more complicated fixes need to be done by a licensed professional at Plumbing Dynamics.

Find a Plumber With Plumbing Dynamics

You can trust us to fix all of your plumbing problems. Whether you have a commercial property or own a home, our team of plumbers will find a solution to the problem and get it right the first time. Get in touch with us today to have your plumbing looked at!

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