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5 Common Types of Plumbing Repair for Older Homes

Posted on: January 30, 2017

Plumbing repair is essential for any home, but especially for ones built years ago. Many people choose to buy older homes due to their inherent character and charm. However, when it comes to your older homes plumbing system, you must consider the problems you may encounter. Even if your home has a timeless look, its plumbing system may be in its waning days. Before you realize, issues may be popping up around the house more often, even from the fixtures you rely on every day like toilets and sinks. Other utilities in your home may be used inefficiently causing increased costs all due to problematic plumbing. You may have to repair walls and floors, replace furnishings, carpets and possessions in the event of leaking or flooding.  And it’s not like you can just ignore these problems either. Allowing issues like drain clogs, toilet overflows, and pipe leaks to continue will only make life in your home even worse. You will also see costs on those utility bills rise to unmanageable heights. Before you experience high levels of stress and significant money loss, you should call for repair immediately when you first encounter a problem. Your home may be older but that doesn’t you can’t extend its lifespan and boost its property value. Calling a licensed plumber is your best chance to make sure your living place feels new again!

How Can Lighten Up Help You?

Lighten Up is here to provide homes both old and new with high-quality plumbing service. If your older home is experiencing a wide range of issues, you can count on our plumbers to provide repairs that ensure they are solved immediately. Whatever you decide, do not attempt to handle plumbing service on your own, or else you may risk damaging your plumbing system even more. Every problematic plumbing issue is different and the best course of action entails many variables and should only be determined by a professional at Lighten Up. Major plumbing problems are not a DIY issue. In some cases the entire line must be replaced or your home may have to be excavated to see the problem and remedy them. There are cameras that can be put into the line to show our team of plumbers exactly where the problem lies. With our help, you can rest easy in your home without worrying whether a plumbing emergency will occur. You will also be able to save money on future repair and utility bills, allowing you to gear your savings toward the things you really want.

The Top 5 Most Common Plumbing Repairs

While homes both old and new experience a wide range of plumbing issues, here are 5 that are unique to older residential properties requiring immediate professional attention:

  1. Galvanized Plumbing: If your home was built before 1960, it is a good chance that galvanized plumbing was installed in it. Galvanized plumbing includes pipes made of steel with an added layer of zinc as a protection. The main issue is that zinc erosion occurs following several decades of use and water pressure will decrease as a result and the quality of the water is compromise.
  2. Polybutylene Pipes: Builders began using polybutylene plumbing the late seventies to mid 1990’s. Experts relate that over time the plastic begins to fail forming small cracks and fissures. The culprit is chlorine and other oxidants that are found in the public water supply. The structural problems that result may have a sudden onset and make you call for plumbing repair to see if you can find new piping. 
  3. Belly in the Sewer Line: If you have a belly in your sewer line, it means the line was not bedded or set correctly upon installation. Simply put bedding is the process of correctly adjusting the surrounding area of where the pipe is laid. A belly or dip in the line is a sagging place in the piping system. This sag allows for sewage or sediments to settle and clog the line and restrict the flow.
  4. Concrete or Iron Pipes: Cast iron pipes are only durable for 20 to 30 years. After that, the iron starts to wear away over time and eventually disintegrates. While concrete piping can last for a much longer period of time, problems occur with them due to the natural shifting of the home and the movement of the ground. These rigid systems can be hard to locate if they were installed under the home. The house may have settled on top of the now disintegrating cast iron or concrete piping.
  5. Corrosive Sewer Lines: This may be the single worst plumbing problem to experience in an older home, as it can prove to be both expensive and ruin your entire plumbing system if not treated carefully.Corrosive elements in your sewer line over decades can have a devastating effect on shut-off valves and angle stops due to sediment buildup. The ease in replacing them depends on their location. Some lines must be under constant plumbing repair

Contact Lighten Up today if you own an older home and want to experience better home convenience thanks to our plumbing repair!

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