A lot of residents in Arlington, VA love their older homes as each one has their own unique character, charm, and story to tell. Unfortunately, these older homes can have a variety of plumbing concerns. If your home is 10 years or older you should be on the lookout for these potential issues.
- Clogged Drains and Pipes
Older homes are very susceptible to clogged drains and pipes. Your pipes have processed a lot of sewage, soap, food, and grease over the course of their lifetime. Food and substances that do not break down, such as fibrous food, eggshells and non-food items, along with grease and oil, will build up in your pipes and create a clog in your drain over time. Hair is a major culprit in clogged drains. In order to avoid major clots, on a regular basis you should use drain cleaning solution to keep your pipes clean.
- Tree Root Invasion
Many older homes also have a variety of older trees throughout the yard. These mature trees have an extensive root system spreading several feet from the base and unfortunately, they may damage your sewer or waterlines. Sewer line and waterline replacements are usually more expensive than a traditional plumbing repair and can involve digging up your yard or sidewalk. To help monitor and prevent this type of damage we recommend regular video inspections of the lines and manual examinations of the roots.
- Fixture Wear
Faucets, handles, seals, washers, showerheads, etc., have likely been pulled, twisted, pushed and turned excessively for a generation or two. Overtime the parts and fixtures themselves will wear and begin to leak water. It’s very important to keep a close eye on these looking for small leaks. What starts as a drip could soon turn into a major leak causing a lot of damage. If you can, try to replace the fixture or parts at the first signs of wear and tear.
- Leaking Toilets
Did you know that a running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day? That’s a lot of water waste! In most cases, the issues that cause running toilets include:
- Refill tube problems
- Worn out flapper seals or flush valves
- Improperly sized flapper chains
- Corroded toilet handles
- Water Heater Problems
Hot water is a necessity in any home; noone wants to take a cold shower. So, when water heaters don’t provide enough or any hot water, homeowners can be dealing with a plumbing crisis that needs immediate attention. Usually, water heater problems are caused by issues like:
- Heating element failures
- Corrosion or sediment buildup in the tank or pipes
- Loose or worn electrical wires and connectors
- Improper installation
- Faulty elements or pilot keeps extinguishing
Nothing lasts forever, and that’s especially true with your home’s plumbing fixtures. Older homes typically have metal supply lines and fixtures that are near the end of their lifespan and are prone to corrosion. Not only is this unattractive when it comes to reselling your home, but corroded plumbing can cause some hefty plumbing emergencies. Instead of worrying about the repair bill, consider proactively replacing old, corroded fixtures.
- Sump Pump Failure
Sump pump failures can be related to a problem with the unit or an external issue. Usually, the causes of sump pump failures include:
- Stuck switches
- An overwhelming amount of water, like after heavy rain
- Clogged discharge pipes
- Improper sump pump installation
- Aging, with sump pumps around 10 years old being prone to failure
Call the Best Local Plumber in Arlington, VA
Whether you are planning on selling your old home or turning it into the newly renovated home of your dreams, contact our plumbing pros at Arlington Plumbing Heating and Cooling to handle all of your plumbing repairs. We will inspect your house and give you a free estimate on what should be repaired or replaced.