When you purchase an older home, the possibilities are endless. From spectacular awnings, mahogany wood paneling, and stunning chandeliers, vintage homes have so many visually beautiful aspects. You may be tempted to quickly start taking projects to make the home “look” lovely, but have you considered what is happening behind those eggplant painted walls?
Houses built pre-1960s have galvanized pipes, the bane of old-house plumbing. Galvanized iron pipes are actually steel pipes that are covered with a protective layer of zinc. Over many years, zinc erodes from galvanized pipes. Corrosion can build-up on the inside walls of the pipes and creates the potential for lead to accumulate over time. These pipes also corrode at the joints, which can lead to leaks. Another thing to consider is water pressure. Can you run the shower and do laundry at the same time? Low water pressure is the main clue that your pipes need to be replaced. Also, don’t be surprised if you have seen some discolored water when you turn on a faucet you’ve not used in a while. When the murky stuff comes through your faucet, the culprit is most likely a rusty galvanized iron pipe. Rust dissolves into the water, tinting it some shade of brown.
While replacing your plumbing is not going to affect the aesthetics of your home, it will ensure a happy life in the home, free from worries associated with galvanized piping. The experienced team at Tim Mote Plumbing, LLC will create a customized plan to get your vintage home modernized behind the scenes and you will be onto your next project.
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