Home renovations are an exciting prospect, and although many people’s main goal when undertaking renovations is to update the look and increase the value of their home, they’re also a great opportunity to fix structural faults. If you live in an older style house, of which there are many in Melbourne, it’s wise to take the time to update your plumbing during the renovation process. Here are some of the most common plumbing issues that you may want to tackle during your renovations.
Replace galvanised piping with PVC
Most houses built prior to the 1960s will have galvanised pipes (steel or iron with a protective zinc coating), both within the house and in sewer lines. Galvanised pipes corrode over time, which can result in contaminated water supply, mineral buildup leading to restricted water flow or blockages, and eventually bursts or leaks. It’s best to have galvanised pipes replaced with PVC or copper top avoid these plumbing issues before they occur. If you live in a very old house (built in the early 1900s) there is a possibility that you have a lead pipe plumbing system. Lead pipes can pose as a serious health hazard if they leak into your drinking water and should be replaced with copper or PVC at the first opportunity.
Get rid of exposed pipes
If you have unsightly exposed pipes within your home, now is the perfect opportunity to conceal them. If you are not able to install pipes within the walls (either because of construction issues or because of heritage listing), contact a trusted plumber in Melbourne to discuss your options. You may be able to conceal pipes through the use of cupboards or service ducts, or you can simply replace ugly plastic pipes with copper piping and work it into the aesthetics of your home.
Sort out pressure problems
There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a hot shower only to be disappointed by low water pressure. If you have a gravity fed hot water system, you may want to add a pump to your system to improve the water pressure, or you could convert to a pressurised hot water system by using an unvented cylinder or combi boiler, however whether this is feasible will depend on the pressure of your water mains.
Older houses may also have problems with water drainage, especially in areas like the garage or basement. You may need to have the perimeter and underfloor drainage updated in order to combat against problems like damp and mould.
If you’re undertaking a home renovation, you should enlist the services of a local plumber in Melbourne for services like pipe replacement and hot water system overhaul. JPG Plumbing are professional Melbourne plumbers with the skills needed for a successful renovation project. Contact us today on 0400 978 442 to see how we can help you.