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When Buying a Fixer-Upper, Don’t Forget the Plumbing

You fell in love with a fixer-upper home and took the plunge. Now it’s time to polish this diamond in the rough--but before you start putting in new floors and applying fresh coats of paint, make sure you assess your fixer-upper’s plumbing needs before anything else!

Are Your Home’s Pipes in Good Condition?

To prevent water damage issues from leaks behind walls and other places that are hard to detect, it's vital that your home’s pipes are in good condition. Corroded, worn-out pipes and fittings are fragile and susceptible to leaks. To protect your investment, it’s important to have a professional plumber inspect your fixer-upper’s plumbing system for pipe issues.

If you experience any of the following, you will most likely have to consider repiping your home:

  • Low water pressure. You could be losing water somewhere due to corrosion buildup or to a leak you cannot see.

  • Reddish, discolored water. This usually means that corrosion is occurring, and rust is breaking off from your pipes.

  • Water temperature issues. If the water temperature is difficult to change or if it changes drastically in response to a small nudge on the faucet handle, this could indicate poor pipe health.

What Material Are Your Home’s Pipes Made Of?

What your home’s pipes are made of matters! Some pipe materials are much more prone to corrosion and breaking than others, and some can even be bad for your health. Your fixer-upper’s pipes should be replaced if they are made of any of the following materials.

  • Lead. Lead is toxic, and even at low exposure levels in water, it can be harmful.

  • Galvanized steel. Corrosion occurs inside this type of pipe, resulting in water pressure issues that can cause leaks or burst pipes.

  • Polybutylene or “poly” piping. This material is particularly prone to becoming brittle and breaking due to the way it reacts with disinfectants in treated water.

Is the Water Heater in Good Condition?

Clean, hot water for washing and bathing is an absolute necessity for comfortable, healthy living. It’s important to recognize the clues that your fixer-upper’s water heater might be in need of a replacement. Here are some telltale signs:

  • Rusty, murky or metallic-tasting hot water. Rusty, cloudy, or bad-tasting water occur due to mineral deposits or rust leaving your water heater tank and entering your plumbing system.

  • Leaking from beneath the tank. This can occur when corrosion creates cracks in the tank.

  • Rumbling, creaking, or popping sounds. If this occurs even if you are periodically flushing sediment from the tank, a water heater replacement is best to avoid a sudden water heater failure or leak.

Need more help with your fixer upper’s plumbing than you originally thought? The professionals at Clean Team Plumbing and Repiping in Houston are ready to assist you with any plumbing projects or dilemmas. We always arrive on time, stay within budget, and finish the plumbing work to your complete satisfaction.

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