Brooklyn has many fine old brownstones and older homes that ooze charm. It’s hard to quibble with the craftsmanship that was put into building these homes back in the old days. But with old homes you also get old utilities that need to be changed out, such as the knob-and-tube wiring that can present a safety hazard. The same goes for old plumbing and heating systems.
If you’re concerned about safety or making sure that your plumbing and heating will function properly when you need it, call the Brooklyn plumbing experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating.
A lot of plumbing pipe, especially in the 1940s and before, was galvanized steel with threaded connections. Old age can cause the pipe to leak at the connections or from internal corrosion and pinhole leaks.
Most modern plumbing is made of copper pipe with either soldered or press-fit joints. You can also opt for plastic pipe, such as CPVC, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) or PEX-al-PEX (aluminum tube with PEX on the inside and outside) but those are most often used in single-family or two-family dwellings. If your piping is so old that it needs to be replaced, a process we call repiping, PEX can be a good alternative because it’s flexible, making it easier to install in an existing building. A whole home plumbing inspection by one of our highly trained plumbers can inform you of the exact condition of your water supply piping.
As water comes into your home, it also needs a place to go out, which is your drain-waste-and-vent pipe, or DWV. Most DWV pipe is cast iron, which lasts for decades and it’s very quiet — no gurgling or flushing sounds. If your drain line has to be replaced, we can replace it with cast iron or with plastic, such as ABS or CPVC.
Our whole home plumbing inspection will also check out everything attached to your pipes, such as faucets, toilets, shower valves, garbage disposers, water heater, and water filtering or water treatment equipment. We’ll advise you on any repair or recommend replacements for plumbing fixtures and fittings that might need it.
If you’re buying or selling a home, a whole-home plumbing inspection is a must. We’ll test every plumbing fixture in a house to make sure it’s in working order. We’ll make sure shut off valves work, the water heater is in a safe and operable condition, and that there’s no danger of pipe breakage. Most importantly, we’ll check for the presence of lead pipe and test for lead contamination in the water. Lead pipe must be replaced and we will discuss your options.
The old saying, “they don’t build them like they used to,” is true. You can be proud of your Brooklyn home and we’re here to give you peace of mind about your plumbing system, no matter its age. Call us for all of your Brooklyn plumbing needs!