If you were to ask any longtime Boise resident about the neighborhoods that best encapsulate this small yet busy Western city, many would often point you in the direction of our northeastern landscapes.
With the Northend staking claim to the easy-going, quaint area of Hyde Park and some of the city’s most historic homes and the eastern portion of the city bearing the brunt of gorgeous home expansions and fantastic foothill views, it’s no surprise that many visitors and locals alike love this section of the city. It’s even become a top spot for families looking to plant their roots here in Boise, Idaho.
Yet with this history and great location come some particular plumbing concerns home and business owners must understand to properly care for their property. If you’re a northeasterner — or have dreams of being one — consider these points.
Old Homes Have Old Plumbing
Many of the homes built along Boise’s Northend are some of the oldest homes in the city. They were built just outside of the heart of downtown as the city grew. Many of the homes were erected in the 1800s to the mid-20th century, just as modern plumbing was evolving.
Over time, the piping and plumbing in your old beloved home can deteriorate. For example, old pipes may lose the zinc coating that was once applied to prevent rust. This could lead to rusting, weakened pipes, and the potential for bursts or leaks. (Plus, you shouldn’t consume rust with your water!)
Other concerns often involve the sewage pipe, which can become deteriorated with old age and intertwined with growing trees. As your home has aged, so have the trees around it. What were once sapling roots near your pipes are now mighty oaks or evergreens, whose roots can suffocate a pipe. This could cause a headache should failures occur.
Old homes should be inspected regularly for plumbing concerns. This will help a homeowner determine the best time to replace piping and how to best mitigate disasters in their home. After all, the best way to protect the history of your old Boise home is to learn more about its innerworkings!
Remember the Mountains
As Boise continues to expand eastward, the topography of the foothills is being re-shaped and structured to better suit a growing community. This can make for great views while ensuring there is enough housing within a popular market. Still, building into the side of a mountain doesn’t come without its risks — even for plumbing.
For starters, this type of build can be expensive. There are extra obstacles mountain-side homeowners face with installation and pipe work. This should be considered before replacement, repairs, or builds. Furthermore, builders and installers have to be precise with the location of piping. Unlike on flat surfaces, there is little room for error.
Your Northeast Plumbing Experts
We have served the Treasure Valley for years, and with that experience has come an understanding of the unique needs of each region within our community. Our team at Master Plumbing can inspect your home’s northeast Boise plumbing and provide you with a thorough recommendation for repairs or needs. Call us today to learn more!