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Home Getting Up There In Years? 2 Plumbing Updates You Should Consider

If you've recently purchased an older home, you might want to pay close attention to your plumbing, especially if the plumbing hasn't been updated. Those old pipes and fixtures will eventually need to be replaced, which can be quite costly. If you start updating your plumbing, one component at a time, you can avoid having the entire system breakdown at once. Here are two plumbing upgrades you should make as soon as possible.


If your home has galvanized pipes, you should have them replaced. Galvanized metal pipes were originally coated with a layer of zinc. Unfortunately, the zinc can wear off over time. When that happens, your galvanized metal pipes will begin to deteriorate. Unfortunately, once the pipes deteriorate, you'll experience a wide assortment of plumbing problems, including discolored water, leaks, and even clogs. If the water pipes in your older home are original equipment, talk to a plumber about replacing them.

Trees can cause another common problem associated with pipes and older homes. If your home has an abundance of mature trees on the property, you could have roots growing in your pipes. Small roots branch out, looking for water. When they find a small opening in the pipes – such as around the couplings – they burrow their way inside the pipes. Once inside, they continue to grow until they clog up the pipes. Eventually, the roots can grow so big that they destroy the pipes from the inside.


If you have outdated toilets, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. First, the wax ring that forms a seal between the toilet and the drain pipe can wear out. When that happens, raw sewage can leak out from around the base of your toilet. Second, those old toilets could be wasting water and costing you money. According to research, older toilets can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush, while a low-flush toilet will only use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush. While you're switching out your toilets, you might also want to consider installing low-flow faucets and shower heads. They'll help you save additional water and money.

If you have an older home, you might want to start updating your plumbing. Things like leaky pipes and outdated toilets can lead to costly repairs. For additional information on how to update the plumbing in your older home, be sure to speak to your plumber, such as one from Dependable Plumbing. They'll be able to help you modernize the plumbing.