Plumbing In Older Homes
There can be various factors contributing to the failing plumbing of an old house. Maybe the materials used for the plumbing were not able to withstand the passage of time or because the design of their plumbing system differs greatly from what we have today. The work of some previous inexperienced plumbers might have added to the misery of the old plumbing system as well.
Common plumbing problems in old homes:
- Use of polybutylene pipes
- Use of galvanized pipes
- ld drains are more susceptible to develop clogs especially if they were treated roughly by the previous homeowners
- DIY repairs and low-quality repairs
Buying An Older Home? Prepare For Life With Old Plumbing
Old homes can have a lot of charm. Old pipes don’t contribute to that charm. The Beaches, Bluffs, and Leslieville area has many beautiful, and very old architectural homes to back that up. We’re not suggesting that you walk away from that beautiful Victorian with the wrap-around porch and matured rose bushes.
We simply want you to be prepared for what lies in the walls of your older home. And we’re not just talking about the 100+ year old homes with plaster and lath walls. Hot water pipes corrode the fastest; what to look out for:
- Listen to the water heater. Is it constantly running? That could be a sign of a leak in the system
- Check water pressure. Any decrease in water pressure may be a sign of a leak.
- Check the water bill. A spike in usage can hurt your wallet much more than the numbers on that bill indicate.
Frequently Asked Questions You Should Ask Before Buying An Old House
If not, ask for a camera inspection. You're looking for any root clogs, leaks in the pipe, and other types of clogs from products (tampons, wipes, etc.) that should not be flushed down the toilet.
If not, you may want to consider adding in the cost of installing a new sump pump for the home. If the home is on a crawl space or basement, ask about flooding issues.
If the water heater is older than 7 years, you may want to include the cost of installing a new water heater. If it's less than 6 years old, check on the warranty to see when it expires. Don't forget water heater regulations recently changed, so installing a new water heater could get very pricey if the space isn't big enough.
If a water softener is important to you, ask your local plumbing company for an estimate to install one.