Old homes are just so beautiful. Picture perfect straight out of a 60’s movie. But don’t get fooled by the looks. Old homes can also be home to several potential dangerous plumbing problems that are not visible until you get a licensed plumber to inspect the house thoroughly.
Here are 5 common plumbing problems you need to get your home inspected and fixed before you move into your beautiful old home in Sydney.
1. Galvanised pipes
Homes built before the 60’s are sure to have galvanised pipes that could leach lead as well as rust into water. Made from iron and covered with zinc, these pipes begin to corrode over time with water contact affecting water pressure as well as the quality of the water. When pipes are left in that condition for a long time, they eventually begin to silently leak behind the walls causing further damage.
2. Faulty or leaking taps
Leaks when go disregarded can shoot your home’s water bills. What seems like a few innocent drops can add up to give you a water bill shock.
Old homes have old plumbing fixtures and taps that are almost at the end of their useful life span. Difficult to turn on and off, dripping, rusting, leaking and the list goes on. This is the time you need a good reliable plumber in Sydney to fix your leaking taps before you begin to use faulty taps in your bathroom and kitchen.
3. Blocked Drains, Gutters and Downpipes
As time passes and no maintenance is carried out, dirt and debris can accumulate in the drains outside the house, in the gutters and downpipes. This can cause flooding on the property or swamps in the backyard.
Sewer lines are no different. Roots and tree leaves or movements of the ground over time may cause the sewer lines to crack. This is easily detectable if you often experience slow-running drains or gurgling sounds from the toilet.
4. Faulty Gas Lines
Gas leaks is a serious issue yet one of the most overlooked one by property owners. Similar to old water pipes, gas pipelines in old homes also tend to deteriorate over time and must be inspected prior to your move. Potential leakage of the lines can result in an explosion on the property resulting irreversible damages.
5. Roof repair
You don’t want to spend the first night in your beautiful old home holding a bucket under the leaking roof. Water intrusion is the biggest enemy of a home and the damage gets significantly bigger as time passes. It’s important to check the walls and ceiling for any water spots to identify a possible roof leak before you move in.
Now that you have finally decided to move to your dream home, if it was built in the 60’s or 70’s it’s worth getting professional plumbing services in Sydney to get your home inspected for any possible issues before you settle down.
As licensed plumbers in Sydney, feel free to give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you.