Older Homes Repair & Renovations

Plumbing Services for Historic Homes in St. Louis

It's easy to understand why historic homes appeal to many homebuyers, but they come with a host of maintenance challenges. You have likely already dealt with various plumbing problems if you own an older home. Unfortunately, many older properties have plumbing issues that have existed silently for years, leading to expensive property damage and costly repairs. Fortunately, R.A. Guinner Plumbing Company has experience with older plumbing systems and can help homeowners upgrade their plumbing systems before disaster strikes.

We Can Resolve a Variety of Plumbing Problems Including:


Outdated or Damaged Pipes

Lead, galvanized steel, and polybutylene plastic pipes are common in older properties. Restrictions on lead pipes began in the 1920s, but lead pipes were not completely banned until 1986. Lead pipes pose serious health consequences when they corrode, leaching lead into drinking water. Galvanized steel pipes were widely used through the 1960s. As galvanized pipes age, they begin to corrode, leading to elevated levels of rust in drinking water. Polybutylene plastic pipes installed from the 1970s into the early 1990s did not react well with the chemicals found in most municipal water systems, causing them to deteriorate years before they should. Homes with dangerous or deteriorating pipes should be repiped using modern, safe, long-lasting materials


Old Drains and Valves

As your property ages, plumbing and drain systems can be affected. Drains may start to take a long time to clear, and sewer odors may emerge inside your home. The speed of drainage directly affects your plumbing system's overall condition and effectiveness.

The water shut-off valves that control water flow into toilets, sinks, and other fixtures can deteriorate over time and begin to leak. A bad valve can also limit your ability to turn off the water in case of an emergency. By installing new valves and drains, homeowners can improve their plumbing's reliability, conserve water, and prevent costly water damage.


Outdated Fixtures and Appliances

Plumbing fixtures and connections begin to age over time. Wear can lead to leaks, low water pressure, clogs, and other problems. Older toilets, water heaters, and dishwashers are often inefficient, and replacing them can offer considerable cost savings along with improved functionality and appearance.


Improper Installations or Faulty Repairs

Older homes have likely had plumbing repairs and appliance installations done at some time. Unless you are the original owner, it's impossible to know the quality of this work. Some plumbing problems may have been undetected or deliberately ignored. The best way to ensure your plumbing system is in good working condition is to have a licensed plumber do a thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs or replacements.

Work With a Family Owned St. Louis Plumbing Company

Plumbing problems are stressful, so the search to find a reliable contractor that can fix the issue shouldn't be an added source of frustration. R.A. Guinner Plumbing Company has been providing a full range of high-quality repairs, replacements, installations, and maintenance services for over 80 years. All of our plumbers are licensed, bonded, and insured for your protection.

Our company is family-owned and operated, and we pride ourselves on "top of the line" service. No project is too big or too small for us to handle, and we always hold ourselves to the highest standards to ensure your needs are met, and you are completely satisfied with the results. Call us today at 314-752-9850 to discuss your needs.

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