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Plumbing Problems Caused By Old Pipes

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There’s no better feeling than buying your own home. Even if it’s a lot less modern than some of the newer homes on the market. Older homes can have a certain charm to them that’s irresistible to potential homeowners. What is irresistible, however, are the common plumbing problems homebuyers face. Sometimes it’s too late and the property has been purchased. However, you should be aware of the problems associated with old plumbing pipes.

The Most Common Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

Even if a home looks beautiful on the outside. It’s always important to have a licensed experienced plumber to take a look at the inner workings of the home. Keep in mind that both modern and older homes do have their fair share of plumbing problems, but older homes may have a few more. This is even more true if the previous owners did not perform any regular pipe maintenance on their home’s plumbing.

Old Pipes

Depending on the age of the home, as well as if regular maintenance was done. Your plumbing problems in your home can start with old plumbing pipes. U.S. building codes have changed over time and your plumbing system may be made out of materials that are no longer approved.

If any renovation occurred before purchasing the home, the pipes may have already been replaced. If you’re unsure – don’t hesitate to call in a licensed plumber from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric to inspect them. This saves you from any unpleasant surprises if your drains get clogged.

If the materials used on your pipe DO fall under the unapproved category, you will need to get your plumbing pipes replaced. The updates to the building codes were for the health and safety of the public. Materials that could have been used include lead plumbing pipes, which is toxic. Polybutylene plumbing pipes react to oxidation in water, causing the pipes to crack over time. Galvanized plumbing pipes are durable, but natural erosion of the zinc coating leaves the pipes fragile.

Failing Sewer Pipes

Since nobody can see them, they’re often forgotten. Sewer pipes are an important component of your plumbing system. They’re in constant use in your home. If your home is older, it won’t be used to modern additions such as a garbage disposal. The added load from modern additions as well as the presence of large trees on the property can lead to sewer pipe failure.

How do trees affect sewer pipes? If there are trees on the property – rooting issues could be caused, leading the tree roots to crack and invade the space in the sewer line. This not only causes a clog but can destroy your entire sewer line in the process.

Outdated Connections

The antique charm associated with your new home may also have a variety of outdated connections and fixtures. Make sure you have new fixtures, fittings, and other connections installed. This helps prevent restricted water flow as well as leaky faucets. You never want to be caught off guard by a flooding bathroom due to broken fixtures.

Plumbing Problems? Call The Professionals

Prevention is better than the cure and finding the right plumbing professionals can make all the difference. While there may be tons of DIY videos online – none of those come with the correct licensing or insurance to ensure a job well done.

Don’t take unnecessary risks by attempting to DIY Plumbing repairs. Reach out to the professional licensed and insured team at Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric for all your plumbing problem needs. Contact us today at 1-800-475-1504!

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