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Common Plumbing Issues in Old Homes and Their Solutions

San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian homes in the country. While these homes are full of charm and character, they also contain a ton of plumbing issues.

Below, we have provided you with three of the most common plumbing-related problems found in old homes.

Failing Sewer Lines

Sewer lines are often forgotten until something breaks, causing sewage to seep into the ground or sending foul-smelling wastewater back into your home. In older homes, sewer lines are prone to breaking because of the wear and tear they have accrued over the years, sewer lines shifting, and tree roots damaging the pipes.

Relining your sewer is the best way to combat this problem in as little time as possible. If you're experiencing sewer line problems, it's best to hire an experienced team to repair or replace the line as quickly as possible.

Pipe Bellies

Over long periods of time, houses gradually shift. This movement can move pipes built underneath downwards, creating a negative slope, or "belly," that affects the water's flow and causes pools to form, which collect waste and sediment. If you don't take action, these pipe bellies can lead to leaks or stoppages.

Depending on the severity of your situation, it's best to have a professional plumber evaluate the pipes and potentially do a trenchless pipe bursting repair.

Old Fixtures and Connections

Corrosion and general wear and tear can wreak havoc on an older home's faucets, fixtures, and supply line connections. This aging-induced damage can cause restricted water flow, broken knobs, and leaks, making it difficult to use the water and potentially causing an expensive problem.

When it comes to piping, the best offense is a good defense. Taking preventative measures such as having a technician inspect your home's plumbing annually can keep you and your wallet happy.

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