When dealing with plumbing in older properties in Australia, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the plumbing system functions properly and to minimise potential issues. Here are a few plumbing tips for older homes:
CHECK FOR GALVANISED PIPES
Many older properties may have galvanised steel pipes, which can corrode and lead to reduced water pressure or even leaks. Consider having your Pr Plumber inspect the plumbing system and replace galvanised pipes with modern materials like copper or PEX if necessary.
REGULARLY INSPECT FOR LEAKS
Older plumbing systems are more prone to leaks due to wear and tear. Regularly inspect your property for any signs of leaks, such as water stains, musty smells, or damp areas.
Addressing leaks promptly can prevent further damage and save you money on water bills.
UPGRADE FIXTURES & TAPS
Older properties may have outdated fixtures and taps that are less efficient and prone to leaks. Consider upgrading to newer, water-efficient fixtures, such as low-flow toilets and aerated taps. These upgrades can help conserve water and reduce your utility bills.
MAINTAIN THE SEWER LINES
Older properties may have aging sewer lines that are more susceptible to clogs or tree root intrusion. Schedule regular inspections and maintenance of your sewer lines to identify and address any potential issues before they escalate. Your Pro Plumber can perform sewer camera inspections to assess the condition of the pipes and report on any issues.
INSTALL PRESSURE-REDUCING VALVES
High water pressure can strain older plumbing systems and lead to leaks or bursts. If your property has high water pressure, consider installing pressure-reducing valves to regulate and reduce the pressure. This can help extend the lifespan of your plumbing system as well as reduce your water consumption.
BE CAUTIOUS WITH DRAIN CLEANERS
In older properties, the plumbing pipes may be more vulnerable to damage from harsh chemical drain cleaners. Instead of relying on these products, consider using natural alternatives or mechanical methods like drain snakes or plungers to clear clogs. If you’re unsure, consult your Pro Plumber.
Remember, it’s always a good idea to consult a licensed plumber for a thorough inspection of your plumbing system in older properties. We can provide tailored advice based on the specific characteristics and challenges of your property’s plumbing.
If you don’t have the time or just want a licensed plumbing professional to fix the problem, then get in contact with your local Pro Plumber. You’ll enjoy peace of mind, knowing that your repair’s been completed by a professional and as always, we offer our fixed or free guarantee – which means if we can’t fix it, you don’t pay for it!