18 Jun 2016
Plumbing

If you have a home that was built in the 1980s or earlier, chances are you will begin to experience plumbing problems, particularly with pipes, if you haven’t already had some. Even when your plumbing system appearing to be working properly, it’s a good idea to have a plumber periodically inspect the system in an older home to ward off problems such as burst pipes that can occur. Older homes typically exhibit the following problems that need the attention of an experienced plumbing service.

Outdated Piping
Two types of outdated piping are commonly found in older homes: polybutylene pipe and galvanized steel pipe. The first type was touted as the piping of the future in the 1980s and was common used in tract housing because of low cost and easy installation. Polybutylene pipe deteriorates quickly with tiny fractures developing over time, resulting in sudden failure and water damage.

Another type of old pipe that causes problems is galvanized steel. Commonly used until the 1960s, this type of plumbing pipe has a lifespan of 40 to 50 years. It is prone to corrosion and rusts from the inside out, restricting the flow of water to faucets and showers as sediment builds inside the pipes. Corrosion eventually causes the pipe to leak and can produce discolored water.

Clogged Drains and Sewer Lines
The earth under your home shifts constantly. Over time, that movement can cause pipe to shift and sometimes form bellies, or dips in the sewer line and allow dirt and debris to settle in the dip, causing clogged drains.

Similarly, old sewer lines can become root-bound as trees seek moisture and nutrients, or even crushed, also causing backups. Homeowners are responsible for maintaining the sewer lines that are on their property while the local utility is responsible for lines under streets. Older lines are particularly prone to problems that occur during freeze-thaw cycles that are common in the Canadian climate.

Components at the End of Their Useful Life
All plumbing as a useful life span, so when a component is reaching the end of that period it could fail, necessitating the need for a plumber. Copper piping has a lifespan of 60 to 80 years, water heater last 10 to 20 years and faucets have a life of 15 to 25 years. Note that components can fail earlier, so call your plumber at the first sign of problems such as leaks.

Bad Repairs
Repairs come with living in an older home. Poorly performed or cheap repairs with accordion-style piping is a sign of amateur work that won’t last. Replace inferior plumbing work with a professional like plumber Toronto as soon as possible.

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