5 Most Common Plumbing Problems in Old Homes

Old houses provide evidence of the evolution of families and communities throughout time. These structures were able to withstand the test of time and the elements. This is not to say that repairs, whether little or major, will never be required. As time passes, additional maintenance work will be required to maintain your ancient house secure and sound.

Old or antique residences are those built before the 1920s. These may have been passed down down the generations. Only new residences built after the 1990s are considered new.

You can figure out how old a house is by looking at its architectural and building style, the climate in the region, and any improvements that have been done. Although the designations “old” and “new” are subjective, a good method to tell if a house is old is when it begins to exhibit indications of wear and tear.

In this post, we’ll go through some of the common water issues we come up with during plumbing examinations in older homes.

The 5 most common plumbing problems found in old homes

  1. Old Pipes

When it comes to water issues, the pipes and plumbing system are the first things that spring to mind. These are one of your home’s most critical foundations, as well as the key to preventing leaks. Pipes are one of the most common features that are likely to be obsolete in an older home.

Copper and PVC or other forms of plastic are commonly used in recent homes and structures. These materials are more durable and safer. Older homes, on the other hand, were more likely to employ lead, iron, or steel, with the iron or steel being galvanized with a zinc coating to prevent corrosion.

This is where the issue arises. Many residences, particularly those built before the mid-1940s and up until the 1960s, relied on galvanized steel or iron pipes for water delivery. Worse, some of the pipes are made of lead.

Steel’s biggest problem is that it corrodes quickly. Galvanized pipes tend to corrode over time. When it comes to fixing these ancient pipes, make sure to keep your budget in mind. When rebuilding galvanized steel pipes, it is common practice to repair only the damaged parts rather than the complete system. This is due to the high cost of these materials.

  1. Tree and Root Damage

A mature tree or a lush garden in the rear or front yard are frequent features of old houses. While this might contribute to your home’s beauty and vintage feel, it can also cause water issues. Roots may cause a variety of difficulties in your drainage system, ranging from minor water interruptions to complete pipe obstructions.

Make sure to invest in root removal regularly, since it is still far less expensive than fixing root damage to pipes. In addition to the expense, the inconvenience of excavation will be a major issue if root damage is severe. Consider how extensive and costly a root-damaged pipe excavation will be. Prevention is better.

  1. Roof Leaks

A torrent of rain might be soothing, but it can also be miserable for an ancient house’s inside. Roof leaks are silent housebreakers because they typically go undetected until the damage is substantial. This water problem creeps in via your ceiling and is only noticed after a large amount of water has flowed.

  1. Moulds Causing Leaks

Mould infestations are common in ancient homes as a result of leaking roofs. Moulds develop if there is any dampness in the air, which is often caused by inadequate ventilation and the presence of moisture in the air. Cleaning, bathing, and cooking are examples of daily tasks utilizing water. Mould, if left untreated, may cause a variety of health concerns, ranging from allergies to respiratory difficulties.

Mould is present in every household to some extent. It is found in nature to aid in the decomposition of rotting substances. When detected in dwellings, however, it is of little benefit. It’s commonly seen on walls, floors, and ceilings. More importantly, when there are leaks, this mould can grow in concealed spots.

You increase the movement of air and moisture in and out of your home, be sure to ventilate it. If you already have a mould problem, never touch or physically remove the mould yourself! This will simply result in the discharge of spores into your house. To get rid of it, you should use a mould-cleaning solution that is non-toxic. To get rid of the mould in such concealed locations, make sure to check for it regularly, and clean and address any water issues, such as roof leaks and plumbing leaks.

  1. Waterproofing

Broken pipes aren’t always to blame for leaks originating from the roof or ceiling. Water issues from the higher levels are frequently caused by faulty waterproofing, contrary to popular assumptions. One issue with historic houses is that the owner may be uninformed of the materials used in construction or restoration in the past. Poor-quality materials may appear to be attractive at first, but they often only last a few years before causing significant water damage.

Before buying an ancient house, make careful to examine the flooring. A poor floor might suggest shoddy waterproofing under it. When dealing with leaks, it’s also a good idea to choose a trustworthy plumber, as some may merely provide band-aid treatments and miss the main issue. It is preferable to spend money on the root of the problem rather than on tiny, short-term fixes.

It requires talent to spot little issues before they become major issues. Find a reliable plumber so you can be assured that any repairs or renovations you make will last a long time.

Contact the Experts

Maintaining old houses needs a great deal of attention and expertise. Don’t let inexperienced or DIY labour ruin your one-of-a-kind house. Contact SWR Plumbing right away if you have any plumbing or water issues.