Older homes have a lot of charm and character. Unfortunately, they also have many issues when it comes to utility systems, especially plumbing systems.

When you haven’t lived in an older house before, it can be tricky to know what to look for when you’re suffering a plumbing problem. That said, to help you out, here are some of the most common plumbing concerns older houses often come equipped with so you know what to keep an eye out for.

Outdated plumbing materials

Many of the plumbing systems that come with older homes are made from materials that are no longer approved by building codes in the United States. These plumbing system materials include:

  • Polybutylene. Polybutylene pipes were popular during the 1970s and ’90s because they were affordable and easy to install. Unfortunately, they also failed rather quickly, making Polybutylene pipes a health risk.
  • Lead. Needless to say, lead pipes are also a health risk. Lead is one of the oldest metals used in piping. Although the use of lead for plumbing systems was restricted in the 1920s, it wasn’t until lead was banned by Congress in 1986 that it was no longer used.
  • Galvanized steel. Galvanized steel was a popular piping material prior to the 1960s. Because it’s made from iron with a layer of zinc, galvanized steel can become susceptible to rust once the zinc erodes over time.

What other plumbing issues are important to watch out for?

Although the plumbing materials associated with older homes are a common issue, there are also several other problems to keep on the lookout for including:

  • Water pressure. Your pipes can close up and become less effective over time because of pipe erosion, which can impact your daily use of water in your home.
  • Pipe bellies. A pipe belly is a bend in the pipes that can form when your house settles. This makes it difficult for your water to properly flow and can make it easier for blockages to form.
  • Failed sewer lines. Older homes are more susceptible to failed lines because of the house settling and damage from tree roots. If you suspect your home has a failed sewer line, contact your local plumbers.

Looking for local plumbers in your area?

Whether your home is new construction or it’s been around for decades, it’s important to keep your home’s plumbing system in great shape not only for the sake of your house but also your budget. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, water leaks can waste up to 180 gallons of water per week in the average household.

Preferred Plumbing and Drain offers a variety of plumbing services to meet your needs. Whether you need a water heater repair, plumbing maintenance, or emergency plumbing service, our professional and experienced plumbers have got you covered. For more information about our plumbing service or for plumbing help, contact Preferred Plumbing and Drain today.