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Plumbing Issues Found in Old Homes

When purchasing an old home, buyers can anticipate having to do more maintenance to keep the property in good shape. This is especially true when it comes to plumbing, as this is a part of the home that can deteriorate over time. If you're wondering which areas you should keep the closest eye on, some of the most common plumbing issues we find in older homes can be found below.

1. Corroded Pipes

Even the strongest pipes can corrode over time due to extended use and hard water. If this happens, water may begin to turn brown or orange and leaks may become evident throughout the home. We recommend having your pipes inspected as soon as you buy your home to ensure you avoid these unexpected issues as soon as you move in.

2. Clogs

The pipes in older homes have had a lot of things go through them over time, which is why they are likely to become clogged from use. In most older homes, there will be decades of soap, hair, and other debris built up in the pipes connected to the dishwasher, shower, bathtub, sinks, and more. We recommend having pipes cleared to ensure clogs are removed and your water can move as efficiently as possible.

3. Bowed Pipes

As homes settle, it's common for pipes to gradually change shape and become buckled or bowed as a result. While this initially may not be a problem, it can eventually result in drains that easily clog or don't drain quickly.

4. Wear and Tear on Fixtures

Many homeowners call us when their appliances begin to leak due to wear and tear. This is most common with:
 
  • Faucets
  • Dishwasher
  • Handles
  • Fridge Water Lines
  • Valves

5. Unprofessional Repairs

Since older homes have normally been lived in by several families, it's common for current owners to learn about DIY repairs that had been done incorrectly in the past. Unfortunately, these repairs often result in the need for professional updates down the road.