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Evaluating Older Home Plumbing Issues


Old Plumbing Issues

Our specialty is evaluating older home plumbing issues.  With an older home, it’s worthwhile to talk with your most reliable Fort Worth plumber about doing a check-up. This will allow you, the homeowner,  to be proactive about potential plumbing challenges, and will save money on potential property damages.

One problem homeowners often neglect to have fixed is a leak at the base of a toilet. The leak often appears small or insignificant, but over time the water will begin to rot the subfloor and even get between the subfloor and the finished floor. Someone unaware of the damage this kind of problem can create may try to seal this themselves, sometimes making it worse.

Here are some toilet leak signs to look for:

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Tip #1  Look for discoloration and/or warping around the base of the toilet.

Tip #2  Check if the floor moves or feels soft around the base of the toilet by applying body weight with your foot.

Tip  #3  The toilet bowl should not have any movement. It should feel solid, and when grasped on either side, should not rock or slide. If movement is noted it either has a bad seal, the flange is not secured, or the toilet is not secured to the flange.

PLUMBING TRADE SECRETS: Buying a home is a big investment. Knowing if you have galvanized water pipes, copper drain pipes, lead closet bends, or an inferior piping system can be handy when negotiating the sale of a home. There are so many types of piping systems and conditions, it’s a good idea to get a whole-house plumbing inspection in addition to a water heater and sewer camera inspection.