What you need to know about upkeep for pipes in older homes

Maintaining plumbing and pipes in older homes here in Buffalo and Western New York can be a challenge. As the age, pipes are more likely to leak, rust, and develop other problems. Fortunately, with a little know-how and work, you can keep your home’s plumbing in good working order. In this new article from the team here at Reimer Home Services, we’ll discuss a few things you need to know about old pipes.

If you need an expert opinion on the state of your plumbing here in Buffalo and Western New York, you’ll want to call our team. Reimer’s plumbers are true experts who have experience working with pipes and plumbing in all types of homes—including older homes.

A Reimer plumber checks on basement plumbing as part of our upkeep for pipes in older homes.Pipes can buckle over time

It may seem obvious when thinking about plumbing, but some homeowners fail to realize that pipes don’t last forever. Whether you’ve lived in an old home for a while or recently purchased one, it’s wise to have the plumbing system checked by experts regularly.

As a house settles over the course of the decades, the plumbing system inside can become buckled or bowed. This can in turn lead to frequent clogging and consistently slow drainage. If your sinks, bathtubs, and/or toilets stay persistently clogged even after servicing, your pipes may be bowed and need replacing.

Old faucets and fixtures are more than an eyesore

Old, rusted faucets and fixtures can not only make your home look outdated, but can affect the efficiency of your plumbing systems. Old faucets are more likely to leak and should be replaced if they show any signs of damage.

Common signs of damaged faucets include:

  • Mineral and rust deposits
  • “Spitting” water
  • Handles that squeak when you move them
  • Unusual sounds coming from your faucet

If you see any of these telltale signs, it’s time to update your fixtures with newer models that actually function. You may be surprised to discover that plumbing in older homes performs much better once new fixtures are installed.

Old pipes are more susceptible to corrosion

Over time, the pipes in old homes tend to corrode (even if they’re made from galvanized steel). It’s usually pretty easy to spot corroded pipes because they can cause the tap water to become orange due to rust. If this happens, the water is unsafe to drink and the pipes should be replaced.

In some cases, you can prevent galvanic corrosion in your plumbing by using dielectric couples to connect pipes made from dissimilar metals, replacing old (water line-connected) grounding wires with grounding rods, and wrapping your water lines in plastic.

Protect your best investment: your home

Your plumbing system is an investment that should be properly maintained for best results. Contact us to schedule your service. We’ll be happy to inspect your pipes and plumbing and give you a report on how things are looking.

Here’s a list of the most common air conditioner problems

Summer is on its way to Western New York. That means that your air conditioner is about to see some heavy use. Whether you have a brand-new air conditioner or an aging system, you need to know what some of the most common air conditioner problems are and what to keep an eye out for. In this article, we’ll review some of the signs that your air conditioner is having trouble, and when you need to call in our team here at Reimer Home Services for fast, reliable service.

The expert techs at Reimer are ready to help! We offer 24/7 emergency AC repair here in Buffalo and Western New York. Call us today to schedule service.

Call Reimer for service if you're noticing any of these common air conditioner problems this summer.Here are 5 of the most common air conditioner problems

Electric control failure

Over time, the fan controls and compressor in the system wear out. This is more common to happen in oversized systems—systems that were installed in homes where they are too large for the amount of space in the home. You also need to watch out for turning the AC on-and-off frequently. Call in a professional from Reimer Home Services to check to see if there is any corrosion in the system.

Low refrigerant

Refrigerant is essential in any AC system. It is a chemical that is responsible for cooling down the air as it flows through the system. If there is a reduced level of refrigerant, you’ll notice that your system has either stopped cooling or that the coils have frozen over. Low refrigerant levels could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the line. You’ll want to have one of our techs out to inspect the system and diagnose the exact source of the problem.

Faulty wiring

In the event the wires in the AC system start to break down, you need to get it looked at right away. It is a potential fire hazard, and you do not want to trip a circuit breaker. Faulty wiring can prevent the blower from running as it should, resulting in inadequate airflow. This means less comfort for your home and—in the event that the return vents are not operating properly—insufficient airflow over the coils, which, again, could result in frozen coils.

Malfunctioning outside fan

Most AC systems have an outside unit. When a professional inspects the system, he or she will also need to take a look at the outside unit to make sure it is still performing optimally. When the fan malfunctions, proper heat transfer cannot occur. The air conditioning compressor could overheat.

Sensor issues

Many AC units have a thermostat sensor, which is found behind the control panel. This sensor is responsible for measuring the temperature of the air. This sensor can get knocked out of place, which causes the system to behave erratically. One of our certified, experienced experts might need to recalibrate the thermostat and the system to make sure that they’re working in-sync with one another.

Call Reimer for AC service here in Buffalo and Western New York

The next time your AC system goes on the fritz, hire a professional from Reimer Home Services. Not only are we here for your AC repair needs, but we also provide seasonal maintenance for your air conditioner. To schedule 24/7 emergency repair service with our team, call us today!