Common Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

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Older homes may have charm, character and history, but they also develop plumbing problems over the years. If you are a homeowner of a well-seasoned house, it is important to be aware of the common plumbing problems that can arise in old homes.

Galvanized pipes
Many homes built before the 1960s were installed with galvanized pipes. These steel pipes have a protective covering made out of zinc. Over time, zinc erodes. The result of eroded pipes is low water pressure. Typically the warm water pressure lowers first and the cold water follows. If you’ve noticed that the water pressure is low you should consider having your pipes inspected by a plumber. Should you discover that you have galvanized pipes, they should be replaced with copper or plastic piping.

Sewer lines
Most old homes were typically installed with cast iron, clay or hard plastic sewer lines. During the 1940s they even used tarpaper – which should most definitely be replaced. The problem with these materials is that they can all be penetrated by tree roots. Even the hard strong plastic sewer lines that were installed in homes built during the 1980s can become crushed, creating an opening for tree roots to enter the piping. A breached sewer line will cause multiple clogs, sewer odors, slow drains, gurgling sounds and basement pests. After your pipes have been inspected by a certified and licensed plumber, your sewer line should be repaired or replaced.

Galvanized pipes and breached sewer lines can be an expensive fix, but your plumbing will run much more smoothly in the long run. Unfortunately we can’t go back in time and install better plumbing in our homes, but with the services provided by Gillece, you can make your home’s plumbing last much longer than the original plumbing installations.

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.