Plumbing problems in older homes. (Photo Credits)
Older homes may present various structural problems, and plumbing fixtures could be one of these concerns. And the problem with old house plumbing is that sooner or later, it will manifest. If the property owner moves pro-actively and upgrades and repairs the aged plumbing system – well and good but he better prepare for a one-time big-time cost. If he will wait till something goes out or bursts, then it may mean partial cost but the risk of a bigger damage (and similarly bigger expense) can also be a possibility. Plumbing Association of San Diego
Old House Web dished out some plumbing advice for owners of older houses. “One of the first things you will need to do is replace the pipes where necessary. This is usually where you have older pipe that is falling apart, galvanized pipe, or joints between two different types of pipe that were joined without a dielectric coupling (as corrosion here is almost certain). The best options for replacement include copper, PVC, and PEX pipe. Copper is elegant but expensive, so tends to be used in areas where pipes are exposed. PEX pipe is great for colder areas, as it can withstand some freezing, and it’s flexible for easier installation. PVC is cheap and serviceable, which is why it tends to be the standard.”
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Home Improvement Problems
Tymber Dalton shared home improvement challenges he had been through particularly in the area of plumbing that has existed for over 60 years. A/C And HVAC
“Of course, the fitting sizes, lengthwise, were different than the originals. (Not the threads/openings, the physical dimensions of the new T and new elbow.) So I had to make a second trip to Ace Hardware for different length nipples to see if we could get the gap closed up. (We were lacking about 1/4″ to make the new connections fit up to the old one at the supply valve.”
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The author of the blog Believe Boldy also gave her fair share of experiences in dealing with old house plumbing – specifically that which was built 112 years ago.
“Our plumbing had stopped working for the billionth time and in a home with two small children, a person cannot survive without a flushing toilet. My husband had shoveled more than his fair share of dirt and replaced part of the pipeline a few months earlier, hoping to fix the problem. Those rose-colored glasses were now as broken as Ralphie’s from “A Christmas Story” as we revisited the ol’ poop tube again.”
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When dealing with older house plumbing it is important to call in the experts as soon as possible, so as issues can be addressed quickly and costs can be kept down.
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