Older homes bring compliance issues
If you are like me, live in an older home you know how bad repairs are going to be. To prepare you for the worst here are some of the issues we are faced with and some solutions we heard from many sources.
- Your old structure may have structural integrity issues. Many older homes, especially in California are not built to comply with newer earthquake standards. If you have to remove sidings and when you remove and replace with newer complying material, try and take out old inefficient insulations too.
- Your older home may have aluminum wiring that is prone to fires. Consider replacing it with copper wiring that complies with new standards and codes. This is also the time to install carbon monoxide detectors in each floor of your home.
- Plumbing issues are more prevalent with older homes. If you have galvanized pipes, beware that they can add led to your water, corrosion can lead to leaks, lower water pressure and poor quality water. PVC also creates problems over time including breaks. Solution is to replace both types of pipes with long lasting copper pipes.
- Older homes carry too many compartments and breaking walls and opening more rooms may give new inside look to your home.