While older homes are more affordable than modern constructions, they often have several age-related issues. If your home is more than 30 years old, for example, there are some common plumbing problems you should be aware of. Here are a few issues that may have you calling your local plumber.
Common Plumbing Issues With Older Homes
1. Deteriorating Galvanized Plumbing
Homes built before the 1970s likely feature galvanized pipes, which are made of steel and coated with a layer of zinc. The zinc will erode over time, leaving the pipes susceptible to a range of problems such as leaks, rust in the water, and low pressure. A plumber can replace these pipes with more modern, durable alternatives.
2. Piping Bellies
A belly is an area that’s sagging in your piping. This often occurs in the sewer lines of older homes because the earth constantly shifts, even as the sewer line sits in one place. The movement over the years creates a dip in the line, which will cause a backup. A plumber will need to perform sewer repairs to renew water flow.
3. Blocked Sewer Lines
Older sewer lines were typically made of transite, cast iron, or clay. All of these materials are problematic. Transite contains asbestos, cast iron will corrode over time, and clay is easily damaged. Clay pipes are especially risky if you have large trees in your yard, as their roots will effortlessly penetrate the metal to reach the water, resulting in a blockage.
Whether your home is brand new or has been around for several decades, contact the team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing in Minneapolis, MN. They have 44 years of experience and offer 24-hour emergency plumbing assistance for your convenience. You can trust that they will be punctual and professional, which are qualities that have earned them their A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau®. Call (612) 217-7761 to schedule an appointment with a plumber or visit them online.