Things tend to get better with age, unless one of those things is your plumbing. Old house plumbing problems can become more frequent and potentially more destructive. Identifying some of the more common plumbing issues that your old home might experience can help you address the problem before it even happens.
Advancements in plumbing equipment have made all the pipes and other fixtures in newer homes more reliable. However, it is easy to put new equipment in newer construction. Most problems occur because the plumbing is way outdated in your old home. For those that live in older houses, they like to keep as much of the original charm as possible, and that makes getting to the old plumbing difficult.
Homes built after 1986 cannot install lead pipes, but that was not a requirement for a long, long time. Although the use of lead pipes was restricted starting in the 1920s, some old homes may still have lead pipes running through their walls. Galvanized steel was the popular replacement for lead, but they can corrode easily, which leads to higher levels of rust in your drinking water.
Along with the old pipes, old fixtures are more likely to fall apart. If this happens, then you could see leaks and flooding, causing water damage in the bathroom or kitchen. Outdated fixtures tend to have limescale buildup, and those buildups will first affect the flow of water before causing damage to the fixture itself.
It is hard to help what you cannot see. This does not go for only the pipes, but also for the roots beneath the soil. Those roots will slowly and gradually inch more toward where the moisture is. Once they get into your sewer line, they continue to grow and create clogs, which might eventually lead to backups that can flood your home.
There likely is no record of your home’s history of plumbing repairs or other installations. Somewhere in the distant past, there may have been a lazy professional or an overconfident do-it-yourselfer that did not make proper connections, or took other shortcuts during the project. You won’t know about some of these problems until it is too late.
Older homes are more unique, and unfortunately the same can be said about the plumbing running through it. For more information on the plumbing in your old home, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.