Many homes in the Fairfax, Virginia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas are in older, well-established neighborhoods. If you own one of these houses, however, you should be aware that your plumbing may be out of date, in which case there are specific problems you can expect to experience. Freedom Plumbers is happy to provide comprehensive no-dig repairs for your aging pipes, with friendly service to match.
Old-Fashioned Plumbing Materials
Though the concept of indoor plumbing dates back to ancient history, the materials used for plumbing pipes have changed dramatically through the years. If you have a historic home, you might have obsolete pipes.
- Lead: Before the turn of the 20th century, lead pipes were common in homes. While lead is a durable material, it also leaches into the drinking water, which can lead to severe health problems.
- Orangeburg: Orangeburg is a pipe material that rose to popularity during World War II and continued to be in frequent use through the 1970s. Since Orangeburg pipes are made of wood pulp that has been sealed with coal tar, they usually last a maximum of 50 years until they eventually collapse.
- Galvanized steel: Galvanized steel plumbing became widespread in the 1960s. While steel pipes are long-lasting, they are prone to rusting and developing leaks as they age.
- Polybutylene plastic: If your home was built between the 1970s and the 1990s, it’s likely you have polybutylene plastic pipes. This material is brittle and susceptible to breaking.
How to Tell If You Have Old Pipes
If you live in a house that was built 30 years ago or longer and suspect you have pipes made with these antiquated materials, the first thing you should do is to contact your locally owned pros at Freedom Plumbers. We can use our state-of-the-art video cameras to inspect your pipes without having to dig, and determine not only what your pipes are made of, but assess their condition.
In addition to the deterioration of older pipes, it’s possible mature tree roots or extensive settling of your home could have blocked your sewer line over the years. A video inspection can also identify these problems because the camera can travel the entire length of your sewer line and provide us with the most accurate picture of the quality of your pipes.
Repairing and Replacing Older Pipes With Trenchless Techniques
During our video inspection, if we determine your pipes are made of these outdated materials or compromised in any way, we will recommend rehabilitating or replacing them. One of our specialties is trenchless repairs, a method we have used to help hundreds of homeowners with antiquated pipes. We utilize the following trenchless techniques:
- Pipe lining: Trenchless pipe lining relies on an epoxy resin that coats the interior walls of the pipeline. When the resin dies, it creates a durable new pipe within the old and damaged one. With this method, you will enjoy improved water flow with a shorter turnaround time.
- Pipe bursting: Fully replacing a pipe without digging requires an approach that involves intentionally fracturing the outdated pipe with a cone-shaped bursting head. At the same time, the new HDPE pipeline gets slotted into place in the same space as the old one.
Call Freedom Plumbers to Fix Your Plumbing Woes
If you live in an older home, don’t wait another moment to contact us. The longer you wait, the more you are putting yourself at risk of issues like leaks, water damage and sewer backups. We are a locally owned company serving all of Washington, D.C., Fairfax, Virginia and Baltimore with plumbing solutions that save you time and money.