Buying an old home always comes with its ups and downs. They’re loaded full of character and stories embedding in the walls. However, what’s also in the walls is that old world plumbing. Plumbing within old homes often comes with their own set of difficulties that may end up being costly. Maybe you’re looking to buying an old home, or maybe you’ve been living in one for years in blissful unawareness. Either way, there’s a couple things to keep in mind and look out for when assessing the plumbing in your old home.
Most common in old homes, pipes coated in zinc will begin to rust and rot. Galvanized pipes are common for homes built between the 30’s and the 60’s, where iron pipes were coated in zinc to keep the metal protected for water usage. As that zinc starts to decay naturally over time that means the iron pipe is exposed to the elements and will begin to rot away. This can cause a whole heck of a lot of issues, and there’s really only one way to permanently fix the problem.
Luckily, this issue is fairly easy to spot earlier on, as your water will start to appear discolored as the rust contaminates it. Unluckily, the only solution to old, galvanized pipes is to have them replaced with modern copper ones.
The other issue that tends to pop up in older homes is pipes sagging. Your home gradually shifts over time, more or less depending on where its located. This gradual shifting applies to the pipes that are under your home as well. A negative slope caused by the shifting can cause pipes to sag or form “pipe bellies” as water or soil builds up and causes backups. This buildup in the belly will cause pipe leaking or pipe clogging in the system.
To fix this the bellied section of piping would need to be replaced with a new pipe. New compacted bedding around the pipe would also need to be added, to help prevent the current pipe from having the same issue again.
Many older houses come equipped with charming old-world fixtures that make you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Aesthetically, these old fixtures probably seem like a great find! However, practically, they’re most likely worn-out and at the end of their lifespan. Old fixtures often lead to leaky faucets and running toilets. This issue is an incredibly easy to fix however, as replacing the older fixtures will end up lowering your water bill and lowering your home worries.
When looking at an old home, there’s a few easy to spot issues that fixing now would help to prevent issues later on. Inspecting the pipes in your home is a must to determine whether or not they need replacing, as well as any fixtures or handles. Owning an old home can be a fulfilling and worthwhile endeavor, but to make the most of it don’t forget to check out that plumbing!
At Faulstick Plumbing, we specialize in installs, repairs, and inspections for all of your well, water, and plumbing needs. Our family-owned and operated business has built a reputation as the best-doing things the right way with the customer in mind, every time. Give us a call at 570-992-0447 to discuss your needs today!