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Common plumbing problems in old homes

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Before you buy that old house, or start renovating an older home, have a trusted plumbing supply company conduct an inspection so you won’t encounter any unpleasant and expensive surprises along the way. Older homes definitely have a certain charm and we understand why so many people are attracted to the idea of purchasing an old house. However, depending on whether you want to renovate it or keep it the same, it’s wise to be aware of potential plumbing issues you might have to deal with. 

Outdated fixtures. While older homes are often built with sturdier materials, kitchen fixtures and bathroom fixtures are susceptible to corrosion over time, especially if they haven’t been properly cared for. If all the handles, valves, faucets, and other fixtures in your home are original, we recommend replacing them. 

Lead pipes. Although lead was more commonly used for water main lines and sewer lines, it was used in older homes because it’s a very durable material. The problem is, of course, lead is highly toxic and can cause serious health issues. While lead hasn’t been used widely in nearly a century, it wasn’t officially banned until 1986, so we recommend having all pipes checked for any lead components. 

Shoddy repairs over the years. The saying is true: you get what you pay for. And this definitely applies to plumbing work as well. Old homes have likely had at least a handful of big plumbing repairs undertaken over the decades, and if the previous owners weren’t willing to invest in an experienced plumber, there’s a chance your plumbing systems may be in not-so-great shape. 

Broken or cracked sewer lines. Sewer lines are buried so they’re out of sight, out of mind, that is until they fail and leak foul smelling sewage into your yard. Sewer lines can crack or break due to tree roots growing through them, corrosion, or the lines shifting in the ground over the years. 

Unreliable drains. Decades of food scraps, soap scum, hair, and other debris that gets flushed down the trains will definitely take a toll. If the previous owners weren’t diligent about de-clogging the drains you’ll notice water back up in the sinks and the bathtub, or you may smell faint, unpleasant odors coming from the drains. 

Schedule a plumbing inspection in NJ today 

Buying an old home is a big commitment, and so is undertaking a home renovation. Having a plumbing inspection is essential so you have a comprehensive idea of the state of your plumbing systems, and so you prevent any costly, unwanted surprises. 

For more information about Crosstown Plumbing, or if you have any questions, please contact our team today. Discover why so many industry professionals in New Jersey choose us as their trusted plumbing supply company. 

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