Tips for Avoiding Plumbing Emergencies in Old Homes

Hi, I’m Kyle Metcalf, the owner of Rocketman Plumbing in Albuquerque. Today, I’m going to talk to those of you who have an older home and what you can do to avoid plumbing emergencies.

Have a Plumber Inspect Your Water, Heating and Cooling Systems

Things have a habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient times, whether it’s your water heater or a leak in your water line. If you have an old home, one of the best things you can do is have a plumber inspect your water heater, water lines, furnace, and the like.

Get Your Drains Videoscoped

If your house is over 40 years old, run a camera down the drain lines to inspect their condition. If water lines in a home built before 1970 haven’t been replaced, they’re likely made of galvanized pipe. How long they’ll last depends on how acidic the ground is that they’re buried in. The higher the acid content, the more likely the pipes will rust out. For example, galvanized lines buried in sand might be 50 years old but won’t look old at all. However, if there’s any acid content in the ground, pipes don’t last very long.

Have Your Plumbing Equipment Assessed

If you have an older home and want to be proactive in avoiding problems, it’s good to get a plumber out there for an assessment. He can give you an idea of things that might become a problem in the near future and fix them before they become an expensive, annoying emergency in the middle of the night or on a holiday weekend.

Give us a call at (505) 209-8932. We’ll come out and give you an honest assessment of the systems in your home. If anything needs work, we’ll give you a free estimate.