Plumbing Problems In Older Homes: What You Need To Know

If you live in an older home, you may already know that these homes have unique issues. Plumbing is no exception.

In fact, you may find that your home has a lot of different plumbing problems than other homes you've lived in. These are some of the more common plumbing issues older homes face.

Corroded Pipes

Older homes were more likely to use galvanized steel pipes, which corrode over time. When pipes corrode, this can lead to leaks and burst pipes. Plumbers have experience replacing these pipes.

Clogged Drains

Older homes often have more clogs in the drains due to a buildup of grease, soap scum, hair, and other debris. Clogged drains can lead to slow-draining sinks and tubs as well as unpleasant odors coming from the pipes. Your plumber can remove clogs.

Lead Pipes

Lead was a common material used in plumbing pipes before it was known to be dangerous. Older homes may still have lead pipes connecting them to the city water supply or leading away from the home. 

Lead can leach into drinking water, making it unsafe to consume. Your plumber can replace lead pipes.

Clay Sewer Lines

Clay sewer lines, another common feature of older homes, can crack or collapse over time, leading to backups and sewer gas leaks.

If your home has clay sewer lines, a plumber can often use a camera to inspect the condition of the pipe and determine if a repair or replacement is needed.

Tree Roots

Older homes often have large trees or other vegetation growing near the foundation. The roots of these trees can grow into and break pipes, leading to broken pipes and flooding.

If your pipes are impacted by tree roots, a plumber can often use a hydro-jetting method to clear the pipes and remove the roots.

Plumbing Installations Not Up to Code

Older homes may have plumbing fixtures, such as water heaters and toilets, that are not up to current codes. This can lead to inefficient and unsafe plumbing fixtures in your home. A plumber can replace these items and ensure your home is safe and compliant.

Talk to a Plumber About Your Old Home's Plumbing

If you live in an older home, it is important to talk to a plumber about the plumbing issues that may occur. A plumbing service such as Spartan Plumbing and Services can inspect your home for any of the issues mentioned above, provide advice on how to address them, and make any repairs that your home may benefit from.