Older vintage homes are in demand in Southern California but make no mistake about it, old vintage homes have their fair share of plumbing problems. You can plan to fix potential problems or wait until something breaks; for example, we can replace our old water heater that shows signs of age or we can wait until it stops working. The same is true for the old galvanized pipes in our home, we can fix them now or wait for a possible leak, even worse a slab leak. Homes built in the ’60s that have galvanized pipes are entering the end of their life span. High quality galvanized pipes can last 60 to 70 years, but that will also depend on manufacture quality, water quality, and the thickness of the galvanized coating.
Plumbing Problems? Understand The Signs!
Sometimes our old vintage home will talk to us, so we need to listen. I don’t mean like some ghost in our house. Here are some of the ways your home will speak to you: your pipes will begin to leak, maybe more than one, perhaps your water is no longer crystal clear, or your pipes are sounding rather strange. These are all signs that your pipes may need replacing. Why wait until your home experiences full-blown water damage? Consult with a Big B’s Plumbing repipe specialist to get all your options. Like every other facet of life, technology has not passed up plumbing services, and Big B’s Plumbing uses the latest technology and repiping techniques.
Another Major Plumbing Problem In Older Homes
Another plumbing problem we face with old vintage homes is the break down of our sewer lines. Over the last century, there are three types of sewer pipes installed: clay, cast iron, fiber conduit (Orangeburg), and plastic (ABS, PVC). Regardless of the sewer lines, the average life expectancy of any of these lines is 50 years, but under the right conditions, they could last 75 years or longer. With old vintage homes built before 1970, cast iron and clay sewer pipes were usually the pipe of choice. As durable as cast iron pipes are they can be damaged by tree roots, settling shifting soil, water quality and chemicals used in the home.
Clay pipes are another quality pipe known to last for years, especially if encased in concrete, but many homes did not encase them in cement. Unlike cast iron pipes, clay pipes are resistant to chemicals. Their tendency over many years is root infestation, leaky joints and sagging due to shifting soil.
Your Vintage Home Is A Dream Come True
For many homeowners owning a nostalgic vintage, home is a dream come true, but it doesn’t come without its headaches. Once a pipe starts to leak, whether galvanized or copper, think about replacing them, and the same holds true for your sewer line: for example, if your sewer line is backing up or leaking and it’s never been replaced, call your plumbing specialist at Big B’s Plumbing. Your old home is like a vintage car, rebuild the motor, complete bodywork, and repaint it then you’ll have something to be proud of for many years. License #986152