Old homes are notorious for various problems, especially when it comes to the plumbing system. Whether you are moving to an old house, selling your old house, or already live in an old home, you should consider getting the plumbing inspected by us. Here are some of the reasons why it makes sense.

1) You’re Buying an Old House

With old homes, you can never know for sure if the seller is being honest about the critical issues. The plumbing in old homes often face many problems due to age and wear and tear. You’re making one of your life’s most significant investments, so you need to make sure it is worth it by doing a thorough inspection of its plumbing system. A plumbing inspection will give you peace of mind and confidence while buying the house. Plus, a plumbing inspection is often required for homeowners insurance policies.

2) You’re Selling Your Home

Selling your home is an challenging process, and even small problems can decrease the home’s value. However, there is a way to increase your home’s value while selling it—having the plumbing system inspected. Once you have the home inspected, you can then use the inspection certification to showcase how well maintained and functioning your plumbing system is, thereby increasing the value, too!

3) There May Be Toxic Materials in the Plumbing System

The plumbing in old homes, especially those constructed before the 1990s, tend to have toxic components that may pose potential health risks. You can ensure your family’s health by having the plumbing system inspected. Here are three of the most common toxic components that are found in plumbing in old homes.


Many old homes were outfitted with polybutylene pipelines before the public treatment plants used disinfectants in the water. When polybutylene pipes come in contact with some disinfectants in the water, they can, over time, become brittle and cause severe leaks. Such leaks can cause water damage in your home.

Galvanized Steel

Galvanized steel is nothing but zinc coated steel—another feature found in plumbing in old homes. Over time, this zinc coating erodes and leads to corrosion on the inner walls of the pipes. This erosion and corrosion can lead to calcium deposits within the lines, severely restricting the water flow in your old home.


Many old homes also had lead components, but did you know that lead is poisonous to humans when ingested? So, you should have the plumbing system inspected to make sure none of the components are made of lead or contain lead, which can lead to lead being mixed in your water.

4) Your Water Flow is Low

Have you noticed that the water pressure has reduced in recent years? This can be due to various issues like mineral buildup, pressure regulator failing, water meter valve or shut-off valve malfunctioning, or corrosion. You can figure out the problem by having your home inspected by us.

Want to inspect the plumbing in your old home? Contact Capital Plumbing now. We can do a thorough sweep of your home’s plumbing system to find and fix any issues that may exist at the best prices in Edmonton.