Bought a House with Old Plumbing?

Chances are if you purchased a house that’s from the 60’s or before, it’s already gone through many problems and likely already had the plumbing replaced.

However, what should you be concerned about if the old plumbing has not been replaced?

Galvanized pipes

A quick test could help you determine if you have galvanized pipes.  Simply turn on the hot water. If the pressure is low, you likely have galvanized pipes that have corroded and plugged up.

However, it is always possible that some galvanized pipe issues still exist even with good pressure. It can be tough to tell with most of the plumbing existing behind walls!

Looking under your sinks will give you some picture of what may be going on. This is because oftentimes new pipes run up through the floor into the sink instead of the wall.  You can also get a good picture from the crawl space.

You’ll also want to check for copper piping attached to galvanized pipes. If you have this, make sure it’s connected correctly with dielectric coupling which prevents corrosion caused by different metals touching.

Sewer Line

You’re plumbing doesn’t end in the house, it goes all the way to the street!

Older homes with older plumbing may also find issues with the sewer lines leading up to the house.  If, pipes are corroded or clogged or root-bound, it could impact your plumbing.

If you suspect your old sewer lines of having issues, it would be worth it to pay for a camera to run down the line to check the condition.

Call a professional!

As always, if you suspect your old plumbing is the culprit of problems in your home, call your local professional plumber. In the long run, it will save you time and money.