No matter the age of your home, unfortunately, all homeowners are vulnerable to plumbing problems.

Why Fix Plumbing Problems?

Your home’s plumbing solely runs on water pipes, which when faulty can be a serious threat to your property. Water damage can cause extensive damage to your home, to the point where it can make it inhabitable. If you don’t keep a close eye on your home’s plumbing system, dependant on the type of issue you can make yourself seriously ill or end up having to pay hundreds for costly repairs.

Plumbers Buckingham can carry out general maintenance on your plumbing works for an affordable price before the issues worsen. As well as this they can take a look and check for any issues with no added cost. Plumbing maintenance often slips peoples minds as they forget they need it, but in older properties, it’s so important that you have regular checks to ensure the condition of your plumbing works, or replace your plumbing works to update it to the latest home regulations.

So if your property is slightly older and you can’t remember the last time you had your plumbing system serviced then not to worry. We’ve listed the most common plumbing issues within older properties so that you can vaguely diagnose your issue before contacting a plumber.

Polybutylene Piping

Polybutylene piping was used on thousands of properties built before 1970. This is because it was extremely cost effective and required easy installation. However, nowadays it’s not even in the legal building codes and requirements as over the years it has caused a number of issues for homeowners.

The water that comes into our home for drinking and washing contains a variety of oxidants and minerals that cannot be filtered out without a water conditioner. Because of this, the oxidants that are naturally in our water overtime began to react negatively with the Polybutylene. It made the pipework extremely weak, making them prone to bursting, cracking or completely snapping. Which can cause home flooding so will need immediate attention.

Pipe Bellies

Over time the earth beneath your property and around it will naturally shift. As it does this, it takes everything underground with it – including your under home pipework.

When the ground shifts it can distort your pipes and bend them as it shifts. Because of this your pipes can twist or bend to a point where it becomes challenging for water to flow through at a sufficient rate. If it’s bent enough it can stop the water flow completely, which eventually will lead to a burst pipe.

old burst pipe underground

Lead Pipes

Lead pipes are a dangerous issue to have. When consumed in a high enough dose, you can poison yourself with lead. If your property was built before the 1990’s, then it’s possible that you could have lead piping.

Lead was used for plumbing work for the same reason as Polybutylene, it was cost-effective and was simple to work with. This was before they discovered that lead was harmful to the human body when consumed. The water you drink and wash with travels through your pipework before it reaches you, if your pipes are lead then it can contaminate your drinking water – which is dangerous over an extended period of time. If your home was built before the 1990’s, then we strongly recommend having plumbing maintenance carried out.

Rusty Water

The inside of your pipes become worn and clogged if they aren’t cleaned out over a long period of time. As there is always water flowing through your pipes with numerous of minerals and other oxidants they can start to composite in your homes pipework to cause blockages or rust.

The only positive about rusted pipes is they have a very telltale sign that there’s an issue before it worsens, unlike most pipework issues. If your pipes have corroded, they will discolour the water from your taps. It can be a brown, blue, green or even a black colour dependant on the severity of the issue. If this happens to you, you should contact a professional straight away for assistance and drink bottled water.

rusty dirty water from taps

Outdated Boilers

If your home is old and you do not regularly have boiler servicing Milton Keynes, then it’s likely that you have an outdated boiler.

An old or faulty boiler is one of the most dangerous issues you can have in your property in regards to plumbing. A defective boiler can produce a deadly gas called Carbon Monoxide that is tasteless, odourless and colourless. Making it impossible to detect until it makes you really ill. We recommend having Carbon Monoxide alarms in your home to detect any quantity of it in your house – to warn you that there’s an issue. As well as this your boiler can begin to kettle when it’s not serviced in a while, which can leave you without any hot water or cause problems to all of the water in your property and make your gas bills skyrocket.

Galvanized Piping

Galvanized piping is an issue that stems from the cheap materials used to construct pipes years ago. Galvanized pipes are iron pipes assembled with a layer of zinc – which when it begins to erode can cause issues in your property. Because of the minerals and oxidants, it adds into the water it can negatively affect your water pressure from your taps and shower head. Which can then cause the costs of your water bills to rise without you even realising that there’s an issue.

You can notice this issue the same way that you can spot rusting pipes. Your water may become discoloured and look dirty, if this happens then contact a plumber immediately.

poor water pressure coming from tap

Check Your Property’s Pipework

It’s essential to ensure that your home receives regular maintenance and servicing for both your property’s electrics and plumbing works. If any of these are not maintained, then your home will have regular issues and need extensive, expensive repairs.

If you think that your home has any of the following issues or you want a plumbing checkup, contact a member of our team today. We hope that this article was helpful, if it was then why not share on social media?

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