Investigate the Pipes before Buying an Old Home

Investigate the Pipes before Buying an Old Home

Old homes can have a lot of charm, but they come with their own unique set of problems as well. Old pipes may be galvanized, and older galvanized pipes eventually become subject to corrosion. This is a problem because it may lead to leaking throughout your property, and you could have a lot of drainage issues as well.

The Problem with Galvanized Pipes

Galvanized pipes are made of steel. The iron in the steel is subject to rust and corrosion due to the exposure to water and air. But galvanization, coating the pipes with zinc, was meant to stop this from happening.

Galvanized pipes were common in the first half of the 20th century—until people realized that protective zinc coating eventually wears away. Once it does, there’s no slowing down the corrosion that follows, as the pipes begin to develop frequent holes that form from the inside out.

What You Should Know

In some cases, we recommend replacing the pipes completely. This is the only way to stop yourself from having to deal with frequent leaking that could damage your property and lead to endless renovations.

The pipe replacement process may not be so bad. If you can find a company that offers trenchless pipe relining service, hydraulic equipment is used to insert a new pipe liner into the old pipe and seals it into place with an adhesive.

Still, it’s good to know what you’re getting into. Make sure that you are given a report about the state of the plumbing system, the age of the pipes, and the type of piping material before investing in a new home. This can save you from stressing about plumbing repairs later on and can also just help to give you some peace of mind.

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