Five Common Plumbing Problems In Old Houses
Older houses may present additional challenges than the usual plumbing problems. Here are five common problems the our expert plumbers in Palm Harbor have encountered while managing or living in older properties.
- Galvanized pipes. These pipes were used frequently in American homes built before 1960. Galvanized pipes are made of iron and coated with zinc. Zinc can erode over time and cause corrosion and breakages. Water quality and pressure will both decrease when the pipes become damaged. Sometimes, the only way to fix the problem is to replace damaged sections of the piping.
- Pipes made of polybutylene. They were very common in homes built between the late 70’s and early 90’s due to their affordability. These pipes can react with oxidants in the water over time, leading to their weakening and eventual failure.
- Previous bad repairs. You inherit an older house from its previous owners. It is possible for the quality of plumbing work and repairs done in the past to be inconsistent. It is common for plumbing problems to develop over time due to the lack of professional assistance.
- Pipe bellies. The earth beneath houses is not always static. The earth beneath houses can shift over time and cause pipes to bow or buckle. These bends, also known as “pipe bellies”, can cause blockages in the water flow and disrupt the flow.
- Old fixtures. Old houses often have damaged original fixtures like faucets, valves and spigots. This is usually due to years of use. This can lead to leaks, unpleasant odors, and high utility bills. Sometimes, the only way to fix the problem is to replace the fixtures.