Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

Living in an older home presents problems not found in new constructions. While you get to enjoy the comfort of a well-lived in place, age can take a toll on the plumbing system. If you live in a home that is more than 20 years old, you should watch out for some of the most common plumbing issues in older houses. 

Rusting Pipes 

If your home was built between the 1930s and 1980s, you may galvanized steel pipes in the walls. While durable and long-lasting from the outside, this type of pipe will rust from the inside, producing discolored water. If you live in an older home and have orange or rust-colored water coming out of your pipes, you may need repiping with a non-rusting PEX piping

Sewer Line Settlement 

Older homes may have experienced soil settling around them. When this happens, the pipes that take waste away from your home to the sewers may shift, reducing the flow of waste. Additionally, tree roots that may have been far from the line when the house was built could have grown into or around the line. Roots can break through older clay or crush some plastic lines. If you have drainage problems throughout your home, you may need to replace the sewer line. 

Inefficient Fixtures 

Older homes built before modern water-efficiency requirements may use more water than necessary. Instead of allowing your home to continue to waste water and raise your utility bills, consider replacing some of your plumbing fixtures with more efficient models. Low-flow toilets and showerheads can still perform as needed without wasting water. A tankless water heater only heats the water that you use, saving energy. 

Bring Your Home Up to Modern Standards 

You don’t have to give up living in an older home. Connect with us at Best Service Plumber to get your home updated to modern plumbing standards. You will have a more efficient home that has a plumbing system to last for years. Phone us anytime at 951-520-8557 or send us a message online. We can’t wait to help you with making your home more livable. 

 

Plumbing Pipe Materials That You May Have in Your Home

Most homes today have one of five types of piping in them. Due to their average lifespans, some types of piping may be reaching the end of their usefulness. Find out the types of materials commonly used for pipes and if your home may need new pipes installed through repiping

1. Galvanized Steel 

Older homes typically have galvanized steel pipes for both supply and drain lines. While long-lasting, this type of piping will rust on its interior surface. When this happens in water supply lines, you may notice discolored water coming from your cold-water faucet if your supply pipes have rust in them. Rusty hot water could indicate bad pipes or an aging water heater. 

2. Copper 

While still in use today for water supply lines, copper piping is very expensive. In fact, the rising cost of copper may make this pipe up to three times more expensive than PEX. Additionally, it requires extra skill and a propane torch for installation. 

3. ABS 

The acronym ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. This type of piping has a plastic texture, similar to PVC. The two types of piping have many similar uses. You can distinguish ABS piping because it often is black compared to white for PVC. Plumbers typically use ABS in waste, vent, and drain pipes, but rarely in supply lines. 

4. PVC 

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) cannot be used for hot water supply lines, but it can be used for low-pressure cold water lines. However, since it cannot support high-pressure or heated water flow, most plumbers will reserve this type of piping for drain, waste, and vent lines. 

5. PEX 

PEX (polyethylene cross-linked) piping is one of the most popular choices today for water supply lines. It has a flexible nature, which makes installation easy, and it can last for decades. For new construction, 99% of builders choose PEX piping for their plumbing supply lines. Because this type of piping offers cost-effectiveness, durability, and longevity, we use it in our repiping services

What to Do About Older Piping 

If you have older galvanized steel piping or need to repair leaking pipes in your home, contact us at Best Service Plumber for repiping. Through our specialized methods, we can replace the pipe you currently have with new PEX piping with as little impact on your home’s appearance as possible. 

For repiping or any plumbing needs you have, remember us at Best Service Plumber. Call us 24/7 at 951-520-8557 or message our office online. We’d love to hear from you.