Many homes in Canada’s older cities and towns date back to the turn of the century. We don’t mean the one from 15 years ago. Homes over 100 years old have a distinct and distinctive style that distinguishes them from their modern counterparts. These historic homes are built by skilled contractors or local novices and have a unique look that many prefer to the cookie-cutter style of subdivisions. You will be aware that historic houses have many of the same Century Plumbing issues as those built after 1970.
A permit must be obtained from the city in order to build or renovate a home. These permits are issued according to the Building Code Act and ensure that all renovations and construction comply with industry standards to protect your safety. This is not always the case. There were no standards for construction, if you look back far enough. Anyone could build a house as long as they had enough land and the money to do so. Many unprofessional landowners built homes along with their professionals. These builders may make unsafe or unwise choices in wiring their electricity or laying their plumbing, which could lead to decades of plumbing problems.
Century Plumbing Problems Materials Used for Pipes
The accepted materials for Century Plumbing have evolved over the years. These materials will reduce the number of plumbing problems common in older homes. Galvanized steel pipes were used in many homes before the 1970s. This material is strong but not long-lasting. Galvanized pipes rusts after decades of water pushing through. Older homes may experience water pressure problems as rust clogs can restrict water flow.
Galvanized pipes within the home can rust
Galvanized pipes within the home can rust but sewer lines connecting to the municipal sewer system may become clogged. It depends on the age of your historic home whether cast iron or clay pipes were used. Cast iron and clay pipes are susceptible to corroding with time. Both types of pipes can be infected by root systems, particularly if they have been around for nearly a century. The combination of strong roots and weak pipes is not good for your sewer lines’ integrity. This is why many homes with historic values experience sewer line backups.
You don’t have the luxury of living with low water pressure and constant flood danger as a historic homeowner. Our skilled plumbers are trained to deal with any type of century plumbing system. Our skilled plumbers use state-of the-art cameras to examine your pipes and sewer lines. They can determine the type of material used and the exact location of the problem. They can then determine which part of your pipes must be replaced or repaired. Our staff can remove the corroded material that has caused blockages in your pipes using hydroflush technology. Our plumbers can replace old sewer lines using trenchless technology. This will not disturb your landscape or cause damage to your property.