Aging plumbing systems can pose a problem for any property owner. If your home is having any type of plumbing problem, this could signal a need for repair. Home insurance may cover some types of plumbing damage and incidents, but not all of them. A properly working plumbing system protects the value of your home. But if you encounter an issue, where do you start in terms of repairs?
Address Problems First
There are some telltale signs it is time to call a plumber to take a look at your plumbing system. If you notice any of these concerns, call a professional as soon as possible. Your plumbing team will answer questions about whether more advanced solutions are necessary.
- The drains are moving slowly. If the drains do not allow water to move down them quickly and the bowl of the sink fills up, this indicates a problem is most likely present. Most often, a buildup of material along the inside of the pipes needs attention.
- You have flooding in the basement or lower level of the floor. Or, water leaks through ceilings or walls. This, too, indicates a concern with an aging system. It could be a problem with the drain tiles under the home, sump pump, or a leak in the plumbing system
- Wet ceiling tiles in the basement indicate leaks. These could be a result of hot or cold water lines leaking.
- Main lines have cracks or broken portions. It is not uncommon for the main drain lines moving water from your home to the sewer to suffer damage over time. These main lines need flushing and maintenance to keep them operational.
When To Upgrade
If you have reoccurring problems, address the source of the problem. Some types of piping — such as polybutylene piping — ages over time, this can lead to a breakdown in the system. This type of piping was present in many homes built during the 1970's through the 1990's. Erosion in metal piping can also be a problem and can be dangerous to your home. If you have any type of metal piping, your plumber may recommend replacement if there is any evidence of degradation of the pipes.
Have a plumber inspect your home's plumbing system. While your home insurance does not cover replacing the piping, it is essential to ensure your home remains structurally in good shape. You may be able to obtain some help for burst pipes from your policy if that occurs, though.