In New England, there are many homes with the historical look and feel because they are older. When you have an older home or are looking into buying one, there are common problems with the plumbing because of the fact that they are older home and plumbing has come a long way. There are steps and things to can do to ensure that your plumbing is running smoothly and to prevent any problems from occurring.
Common Plumbing/Pipe Problems in Older Homes
- Galvanized Pipes: When galvanized pipes get old (or to the end of their lifespan) something to look for with these types of pipes is discolored water, this means that your pipes are starting to corrode and it is probably time for some new pipes. They are also commonly associated with leaks.
- Polybutylene Pipes: This piping system isn’t allowed in the U.S. anymore because it is prone to failure with how it reacts to certain types of oxidants that are in water. Because of this pipe being prone to failure and potentially causing a lot of property damage, it is best to get these completely replaced.
- Concrete Pipes: These pipes will shift as the Earth and the ground moves, and when they shift too much, sometimes they can crack and create a large problem.
- Cast Iron Pipes: These pipes will eventually start to deteriorate and then start to disintegrate over time.
As older pipes get to the end of their lifespan it is important to stay on top of it so that you can be prepared when they start to get to the point of needing to be replaced. Not only do older pipes need to be looked at, but also the componets surrounding them should also be checked regularly.
If you own an old home and are looking to renovate it, it’s a great time to get your plumbing checked out. Contact us today with any older pipe questions or to schedule us to come to your house before the problem becomes a bigger issue. If you have old pipes, it’s best to schedule regular check-ups and maintenance so that you can stay on top of any issues that may arise.