Updating plumbing old house
The older a building, the more likely it is to have serious defects, particularly in critical building systems such as electrical, plumbing, HVAC and roofing.
Older buildings generate more claims than younger properties, especially if they have not been well-maintained or if their building systems have not been updated.
Washing machine hoses and water heaters have very short life spans, and are often responsible for the most costly water damage claims.
In an older, poorly-maintained heater (Figure 6), the weakened tank is likely to split or burst under the constant pressure of the water within.
Water Heaters Aging water heaters present another significant hazard.
Every water heater will eventually fail, whether by slow leaking or by catastrophic failure – usually a crack or outright bursting, with total release of water.
In buildings where piping is accessible, such as in crawl spaces or basements, it can be inspected for signs of wear and deterioration so that repairs can be made in a timely manner, before any loss occurs.
Building owners whose properties have inaccessible or outdated and plumbing systems should engage licensed plumbing professionals who have the technology to assess the condition and wear of the piping, such as by using a plumbing camera to capture digital video and images from inside the pipe.
Corrosion, in which the metal piping reacts chemically with the water, is a bigger problem.