One of the biggest trends in modern homeownership is investing in a classic home and trying to keep it as close as possible to its original state. Although this is a commendable goal for the preservation of older homes, an unfortunate fact is that older homes often come with hidden plumbing issues.
Without regular maintenance or after an intense bout of weather, the plumbing in a classic home can quickly become an expensive problem.
So, before you sign the final papers on that vintage home, keep these five common issues in mind that plague older plumbing.
In older homes, it is common for galvanized iron pipes to have a coat of protective zinc throughout the system. Zinc was used to prevent corrosion in pipes, however, over the years, the zinc wears off, and your iron pipes are completely exposed to the possibility of rust and corrosion.
When this occurs, the water pressure throughout your home will begin to weaken, and the water coming out of your faucets will be rust-colored and full of iron. A licensed plumber can resolve the problem of corroded galvanized pipes by installing new copper or polyethylene pipes.
A Broken Water Heater
Water heaters can operate smoothly for years, but when their time is up, disaster can strike. Many older homes come equipped with the water heater that previous owners enjoyed over the years.
During your home inspection, make sure to uncover the true age of the hot water heater. If it’s older than 12 years, know that going forward with this unit is an extreme gamble. At this point in time, your best bet would be to request that the seller includes a new hot water heater as a concession in the sale.
This move may be a headache on both ends of a deal, but it will save the buyer a massive problem in the long term.
Over the years, the soil beneath an older home will shift. As older sewer lines rest beneath the foundation of a home, shifting soil can eventually begin to cave-in, or “belly,” your pipes.
A bellied pipe can be the root of a slow toilet drain or a clog that just won’t quit. However, in extreme cases, the belly will rupture, creating a crack in the sewer line that requires immediate plumber attention.
Original Fixtures Eventually Deteriorate
As great as old fixtures look in your sinks and bathtubs, the truth is that as they age, they lose their efficiency and start costing owners some serious cash. From deteriorating washers to valves that spring a leak, it’s always best to have your fixtures checked out and to find a modern replacement with a similar aesthetic.
Plumbing Dynamics Seals the Cracks in Your Classic Home’s Plumbing
If you’ve invested in a classic home and realize that you’ve inherited some plumbing issues, let the licensed plumbers of Plumbing Dynamics help. We are a team of plumbing experts that have seen it all and can quickly help you find the root of a problem and a reasonable solution that fits your budget.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and to schedule an appointment with our Master Plumbers!