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Common Plumbing Issues In Old Homes

As your home gets older, it may begin to develop problems with some of its systems especially its plumbing. Plumbing problems are especially common in older homes since they cannot adapt to your city's growing plumbing system. Contacting a plumbing contractor is your best bet to repair common plumbing issues in old homes. Common problems include out of date pipes, old drains, and defective repairs.

Bad Pipes

Like everything, pipes have an expiration date or a lifespan. This means after a certain amount of years, they need to be replaced by a professional plumbing contractor. Usually the pipes found within an old home have gone passed their expiration date. This is especially the case with older homes that have galvanized piping. Old galvanized piping can cause an array of plumbing issues such as discolored water, weaken water pressure, and possible leaks. This is why it is essential to get in touch with a plumbing repair service to inspect the pipes of your older home and ensure they are not causing any other plumbing issues.

Shifted Plumbing

An older home is also more susceptible to the constantly shifting earth, which means its plumbing has been exposed to shifting. The constant shifting can cause the house's underground pipes to move and form dipping bellies. The dipping bellies of the pipes can cause your drains to become slow or form clogs due to underground sediment. Over time, this issue will only grow worse and may end up causing more plumbing problems to your older home. A plumbing contractor will be able to identify the severity of your drainage problem and perform the required maintenance.

Bad Repairs

The older a house is, the more times it has been repaired. However, not all the repairs done to the house may have been done by a professional. This is especially true for the plumbing system of an older house. Often, owners will try to save money by repairing a plumbing issue on their own, which can sometimes be a defective repair. Over time, the defective repair may cause more problems with the house's plumbing system which can end up costing you hundreds of dollars to repair. Therefore, it would be in your best interest to get in touch with a plumbing contractor about checking for defective repairs. They will be able to spot the defective repairs and correctly repair the original issue the repair was intended to correct.

For more information, contact companies like Vanhook Plumbing Heating & Cooling.