No one wants to think about it. It’s a pain. But sooner or later every house has to replace the plumbing. We see this a lot in older homes. Did we mention plumbing problems are a pain? We feel you.
Leaking pipes can cause structural and floor damage. Water also causes mold and mildew growth. Not only is all that expensive to fix—it’s unhealthy.
There’s also more than just plumbing wearing out. Houses built before 1986 likely have lead pipes. Lead has been used in plumbing forever, probably because it’s so durable. The problem is that the lead can seep into the water and that’s not great for drinking.
In the 1960s, galvanized and copper pipes became popular. Then in the 1970s plastic pipes starting getting more common. Turns out those plastic pipes didn’t last very long because they became brittle and would break.
Copper pipes are pretty durable and still in use. Copper might be an option when it comes to time to update your house’s plumbing.
Galvanized pipes are actually covered with a protective layer of zinc. The zinc erodes over time, causing corrosion to build up inside the pipes. Clogged pipes cause lousy water pressure and poor quality. They can cause water discoloration and sometimes lead because has built up over the years.
Even in homes that have had lead removed, rusted galvanized pipes have accumulated deep layers of iron and lead that are released in water.
Before purchasing a home, have a trusted plumber inspect all the pipes to see what kind of condition they’re in. They may very well need replacing in the immediate or near future, which creates an added expense. Keep some money saved up to take care of the plumbing when it finally comes up—you’ll be so happy you did.