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, your home’s pipes must be in good condition. Corroded, worn-out pipes and fittings are fragile and susceptible to leaks. To protect your investment, it’s essential 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 lose water somewhere due to corrosion buildup or a leak you cannot see.
Reddish, discolored water. This usually means that corrosion occurs, and rust is breaking off your pipes.
Water temperature issues. Suppose the water temperature is difficult to change or changes drastically in response to a slight nudge on the faucet handle. In that case, 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. Therefore, you should replace your fixer-upper’s pipes if they are made of any of the following materials.
Lead. Lead is toxic, and it can be harmful even at low exposure levels in the water.
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 how it reacts with disinfectants in treated water.
Is the Water Heater in Good Condition?
Clean, hot water for washing and bathing is necessary for comfortable, healthy living. So it’s essential to recognize the clues that your fixer-upper’s water heater might require a replacement. Here are some telltale signs:
Rusty, murky, or metallic-tasting hot water. Rusty, cloudy, or bad-tasting water occurs 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 initially thought? Clean Team Plumbing and Repiping professionals 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 satisfaction.