Owning a historic home in Waxahachie has its perks; there’s nothing like the character and sturdiness that comes with older homes. But what about that old plumbing? Below are just a few plumbing concerns that come with a historic home:
- Galvanized pipe
- Low water pressure
- Cracked polybutylene pipes
- Sewer lines
Galvanized pipe can be the cause of your water pressure pdroblems. The pipes may corrode, causing drops in pressure. Galvanized pipes can also cause water discoloration.
The galvanic process coats the pipes with molten zinc to prevent the iron from corroding. The zinc lasts a time, but not forever. As the zinc erodes, the exposed iron rusts. This can cause pipes to fail, but the warning signal is easy to spot: Your water will become discolored from the rust.
The modern solution is to have galvanized pipes replaced by better and safer alternatives, such as copper or PEX (Cross-Linked Polyethylene). A well-trained plumber can perform this work in relatively short time, ensuring a constant water pressure, no odd taste or color to your water and no leaks.
Polybutylene was considered of a good product from the late 70s into the early ’90s because of its low cost and easy installation. It breaks down with exposure to water and water’s dissolved solids, so it is not acceptable anymore. As time goes on, homeowners experience more and more polybutylene pipe problems. My historic home was completely renovated in then 90s using polybutylene pipe and was cracking at every run, every elbow and tee. An experienced plumber can provide solutions for replacing old PB pipes in your historic home.
Sewer lines are at the top of a lot of people’s historic home plumbing problems. Sewer lines take your home’s black water from drains to the sewer. Sewer lines are always wet, so they attract utree roots. Cast iron pipes are especially susceptible to cracking and being compromised by tree roots, which can clog your sewer lines.
Professional plumbers with the latest equipment will send a camera into your home’s sewer pipe to diagnose, find and fix the roots that clog your sewer lines and clog your plumbing. Sewer cameras show without a doubt the issues, which could be roots or a collapsed sewer line. We will quickly assess the cause of your clogged pipes so the best and most affordable solution can be made for repairing your clogged sewer line. A good plumber will always provide you and your insurance company with the video inspection for peace of mind.
A clogged or slow drain can quickly escalate into a much bigger problem. Slow drains can indicate the early stages of a clog, pipes that have been narrowed due to mineral or grease buildup, hair, or perhaps something inappropriate has been flushed. If more than one sink, toilet, or tub at a time becomes clogged in your home, you probably have a clog somewhere in your main drain system rather than in the drains of the individual fixtures. You won’t be able to reach this clog yourself using plungers or chemical drain cleaners. Instead, a professional drain cleaning will be required to reach deep. Another tale-tell sign is water backing up into your tub or multiple areas around your home.
Duncan Plumbing Solutions can solve all these problems with a quick call. Our professional master plumbers will inspect and solve your older Waxahachie home’s problems, you can rest easy knowing you are in the hands of Waxahachie’s most trusted plumbers. We aren’t your big city franchise that price fixes or trains our guys on how to up sell. We train on how to install, fix and repair your plumbing the good old fashioned way so you can afford to keep that neat historic home!