common plumbing problems in old homes

Common plumbing problems in old homes

Old houses are becoming increasingly appealing: the idea of renovating an old home for a combination of the traditional and the modern are attracting buyers and developers.

One of the biggest challenges surrounding the renovation of an old home is the plumbing.

Renovating an old home may reveal pipework or plumbing problems you never even knew existed.

We know how complicated it can be to renovate a home, let alone consider the plumbing and infrastructure! So, we have made a list of the most common plumbing problems in old homes, to help you get your ideal renovation underway:

1. Polybutylene (PB) pipes

This material, which became popular in the 70s was commonly called the pipe of the future because it was both cheap to make and install into homes.

However, these pipes were very prone to bursting. The material in the pipes would react to the chemicals in the water supply and weaken the pipe’s structure.

Some homes still contain these pipes, so it is important to ascertain whether or not your old home has PB pipes. If not, replace them with more efficient pipes like copper.

2. Old-fashioned metal pipes

Some pipes in old houses are made of lead, which can be dangerous when it reaches the water supply. This material has been banned from use, however, some older buildings may contain this.

Again, copper or plastic pipes will be beneficial to your home.

Want to know more about why you should upgrade your pipes? Click here.

3. Outdated plumbing systems

You may have copper pipes already in your old home, however, check your plumbing systems. Pipes may be corroding and therefore will need to be replaced; in the same way, your water heater may be outdated.

Look at the lifespan of your plumbing systems and consider replacements.

4. Dodgy water heaters

Ensure that your water heater is not faulty and up-to-date. Some water heaters tend to be installed incorrectly in older homes.

Installation issues include:

  • No TRP valve drain pipe
  • No catch pan
  • Exposed electrical cables

In order to ensure that a new water heater is installed properly, or to have your heater checked, seek the advice of professional and experienced plumbers. Read more here.

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