For a lot of house hunters, the charm and appeal of owning an older house nestled within the confines of a quiet tree-lined neighborhood community is undeniable. Older houses offer larger lots, unique architecture, and a lot of other distinctions that can not be found in a newer house. However, if you are not careful, all the charm and beauty of an older house might also come at an expensive price. Before purchasing an older home, there are a few things that you should keep your eyes peeled for. Many older homes might have existing plumbing problems that are not readily apparent or revealed during a routine home inspection. Read on for a few things related to older plumbing systems that you should be aware of before buying an older home.
Identifying Pipe Material is Essential
The charm of an older house can evaporate quickly if you learn you have to upgrade or replace your whole plumbing system. Running the risk of leaks, excessive water damage, or flooding damage is bad enough. But it is even worse to discover lead leaching into your water supply. It is an expense that most buyers do not account for when buying a home. The reality is, purchasing an older house means buying a well-aged plumbing system as well.
Most things wear out, and your plumbing system is no exception. Pipes will corrode gradually, rust, or decay. However, this does not mean flooding or extensive water damage is in your immediate future. Just know at some point, you will need replacement.
The Cost to Upgrade or Replace a Plumbing System
Replacing or upgrading an old, damaged, and the corroded system can be a very costly expense. It can cost thousands to replace or upgrade the plumbing system for even a relatively smaller house. This kind of project also requires plumbers to cut their floors and walls open, which can be an inconvenience. One way to assess your plumbing system is through a visual inspection, especially if your home is over 60 years old. Inspect any exposed pipes for discoloration, dimpling, stains, flaking, or hairline cracks. These are all indications of corrosion. Even more minor leaks that could be easily repaired might indicate that it is time for a full-on replacement. One more good indicator that the system is aging is signs of rust in the water – typically more noticeably when the water has been sitting in pipes for a long time. If you notice any of these irregularities, give the professional plumbers from B&D a call!
Get in Touch With B&D Today!
Dealing with any plumbing concerns that require a professional to step in? Struggling with an absolute plumbing emergency that can’t wait? Let B&D Plumbing know. B&D Plumbing Inc. services the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get in touch with us by calling (301) 595-1141 or follow us on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. As a small, family-owned business, we understand how important your home is—and we offer exceptional service that matches!