If you own an aging home, there is bound to be a few projects to keep the integrity strong. Not only can an older home look dated on the outside, but it can definitely be dated internally. The first thing people think to do with an older home is renovate kitchens, bathrooms, and rip out old carpeting or floors. However, the most important things to check on first are what keep the house running.
Plumbing is a focal point of a home, this is what keeps a house comfortable and sanitary. Unfortunately, this goes overlooked by many homeowners until something goes badly wrong. An older home will definitely have older plumbing. This means it is at risk for leaks, clogs, erosion, and many other issues. If you know your home is at risk, then plumbing inspection is a must.
Aging residential plumbing can be a nightmare to tackle when a problem is left for too long. Water leaks can easily cause more issues within your home, including mold, integrity, and other sanitary issues. Clogs are also difficult to handle when caught too late, causing backups that can be catastrophic to your household. This is why contacting a skilled plumber to do plumbing inspections within your home is important. This can save you time, money, and headaches later on. By catching the beginnings of a plumbing issue, you can get it fixed right then and there instead of noticing the swath of problems later on.
It’s common for older homes to have galvanized steel pipes, and while most steel piping is strong, it can still wear down within 50 years. Homes with these old pipes will leak, and those leaks could amount to over 90 gallons a day. Taking the time to assess these issues with a plumbing inspection could end up saving you 10% on your water bill. You might not think much of it, but those leaky faucets and shower heads can amount to a lot as well. A leaky faucet can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water each year, and 3,000 gallons of water can amount to 180 showers worth. Even a shower head that leaks just a few drops per minute can waste 500 gallons of water a year. Being conscious of your plumbing issues and contacting a professional to conduct a plumbing inspection can help you save water and money.