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3 Common Plumbing Problems Found in Old Homes December 21, 2018

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3 Common Plumbing Problems Found in Old Homes , Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Older homes have a great deal of charm and character. However, they may be hiding plumbing concerns behind their plaster walls and crown molding. While some of these issues are relatively minor, others have the potential to cause a significant amount of damage. Here are some of the most common problems plumbers see arise in older homes.

Plumbing Issues Owners of Older Homes Are Often Faced With

1. Pipe Bellies 

As the soil around a home’s foundation gradually moves over the years, the pipes installed underneath the house will shift, too. This continual movement can eventually cause a pipe belly to form, which is a downward bend in the pipe that creates poor drainage. If not fixed by a professional plumber, pipe bellies are likely to result in a stoppage or leak. 

2. Galvanized Pipes 

plumberGalvanized pipes, made from iron and coated with a layer of zinc, were commonly installed in homes built before the 1960s. When they age, they become highly susceptible to corrosion and leaks, which cause low water pressure and produce discolored water. If a homeowner discovers they have galvanized pipes, they should replace them with new material that resists corrosion. 

3. Failing Sewer Lines 

With the introduction of modern appliances, such as dishwashers and garbage disposals, sewer lines have much more water forced through them than they did in previous decades. This means the sewer lines in older homes may not be able to endure the heavy use of today’s average household. Additionally, older sewer lines are likely to shift or become damaged by tree roots. A plumber should check for problems with the sewer lines and make the necessary adjustments.

 

Although not all older homes are plagued with these issues, it’s important to know what could go wrong if you’ve recently moved into a house without updated plumbing. Let a professional plumber from Walter’s Inc. inspect your property’s plumbing system to take care of issues before they affect your day-to-day. For more than 60 years, the residents of Ellsworth, WI, have relied on their team to provide high-quality services that maximize performance results. Call (715) 792-5336 to schedule an appointment, and visit them online for more information about their industry experience. 

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