Many people love older homes for their charm and character, and older homes often have materials that are far more expensive in modern construction. While some people are attracted to older homes as they need a little extra care, some of them hide many other problems that are ticking time bombs because the previous owners didn’t fix them before selling. Below are some plumbing problems that are common in older homes and how you can fix them before you sell.
Outdated plumbing fixtures and connections can not only cause leaks but even pose a flooding risk. Imagine purchasing an older home with older fixtures only to wake up one morning with the entire downstairs flooded because the fixtures broke when the pipes were newer. Plumbers can replace faucet, toilet, and sink fixtures to prevent potential leaks and floods.
Improper Repairs and Installation
There’s nothing worse than repair or installation work from somebody who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Someone who doesn’t have experience working with plumbing doesn’t make proper repairs or connections, which will cause problems for years. Our skilled plumbers can handle all your plumbing needs.
Low Water Pressure
Nobody likes encountering low water pressure, and it’s even more disappointing when it suddenly occurs after experiencing perfect water pressure for a time. If you continue to experience low water pressure after soaking your showerhead in vinegar, it’s time to call your local plumbers.
Older Pipe Materials
Plumbers will tell you that homes built before the 1990s often have pipes made from materials that are out of date and no longer approved by building codes. If your older home hasn’t had any recent renovations, it’s a good chance they have older pipes. These out-of-date piping materials include lead, galvanized pipe, and polybutylene. These materials can leach harmful substances into water over time. For this reason, they are no longer used in homes. Older homes should be updated with modern plumbing whenever possible.
Water Heater Issues
If your water becomes cold right in the middle of a shower, you might have a faulty water heater. You might have sediment building up in the tank, you might have a faulty thermostat, or you have an old, outdated water heater. Recently manufactured water heaters are made to run more efficiently. An upgrade can not only save you the hassle of dealing with an aging appliance but can also save you money on your power bills.
It’s easy to forget about sewer lines as they’re out of sight, which makes them out of mind. When a plumber suspects a sewer line issue, they use a camera to inspect and find problems in the sewer line. If there is water pooling on your property, you might have a leak. If water isn’t draining properly in your home, or if you notice a foul odor, you could have a backed up sewer line.
You can rely upon your professional plumber to make sure your plumbing is in good working order. Contact us today for all your plumbing inspection and repair needs to avoid any plumbing surprises.