4 Common Reasons Old Buildings Need New Plumbing Installation

Most people don’t think about their plumbing, and that’s the way it should be. Plumbing should just work without drawing any attention to itself. So whether you’re getting fresh water from the faucet or flushing the toilet, everything should work as it should without having to think about the plumbing.

But that’s what should happen. Eventually everyone needs a plumber, and when you do the best you can hope for is that it’s not the middle of the night and you have to call a 24-hour emergency plumber. A lot can go wrong with plumbing in a building, and sometimes new plumbing installation is required in old structures. Let’s take a look at why buildings sometimes require repiping.

Troublesome Pipes

There are many reasons that the pipes of the past might not be adequate for your home. Calcium build-up can be a problem, depending on what your Florida water source is. If you have hard water, the minerals can build up and prevent the water from flowing through properly. If this turns out to the be the case, repiping now can save you problems in the future.

Another problem that can affect the pipes is simple: the pipes were never that good to begin with. If a manufacturer used soft copper instead of hard copper, you might find they’re not lasting as long as they should.

Finally, sometimes pipes can become damaged. This could be because the pipes were compacted under something heavy, such as a concrete slab. Other times the house has shifted due to the ground changing, which isn’t uncommon in the marshy parts of Florida (which is a lot of Florida).

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Poisonous Pipes

The water problems in Flint, Michigan have made national headlines for years now, and unfortunately the problem isn’t yet solved. But it did bring the problems of lead-soldered pipes to the attention of many people who now question whether or not they should be replacing their old pipes with new ones.

Water pipes over the centuries have been made from clay, concrete, copper, and Orangeburg (wood pulp and tar). All of these don’t pose much risk to human health. Other materials have been transite (which contains asbestos) and cast iron (which can have lead-based welds). If you have had a water test performed and found it to be problematic, the problem could be with either the city’s water lines or with those leading to your house. If it turns out to be your problem, repiping and new plumbing installation might be in your future.

Inefficient Designs

Sometimes pipes in old buildings were installed using inefficient designs, which didn’t allow the water to move through the house properly. Today’s pipe layouts, as well as curves in the pipes themselves, can lead to more efficient water usage.

Similarly, if your home is very old, it might have been built to handle the water for a single bathroom and a kitchen sink. If you’ve upgraded it with three bathrooms, a garage sink, and a sprinkler system, then you might not be able to get the amount of water into your home you need.


When taking an older house down to the studs, many people just decide to go ahead and repipe it even if no problems are immediately evident. Doing so will prevent many of the problems we mentioned above from happening in the future.

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If your building is need of plumbing installation, whether it’s new construction or a remodel, we’re ready to help. Contact AW Plumbing!