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.
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.
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.