Houston and its surrounding areas are well regarded for their historic homes with classical designs. Some of these homes date back to the early 20th century, while others are even older. These historic homes command a premium in the market due to their remarkable design features and emotional appeal. However, they often come with plenty of nasty surprises, and must always be prepared for that.
If you occupy a home or are planning to buy a home that was constructed before 1950, then you need to consider several factors for deciding whether you want to go ahead with home remodeling or renovation. Moreover, leaving aside the minor aesthetic changes and current design trends, you should concern yourself mainly with things that you cannot see.
Here are a few home remodeling tips for historic properties that will help your sleep comfortably at night. They all fall under the general categories of plumbing and electrical systems.
Check Pipes for Corrosion and Galvanization
Most historic properties use old cast-iron pipes in their plumbing systems, which are more prone to undergo corrosion, galvanization, or even crack under pressure over a period of time. This can lead to low water pressure, mold growth, or even water leaks.
Check for Holes and Notches in Joists
Joists are horizontal supporting members that hold up structures such as walls, roofs and floors. Before building codes were ratified to include home remodeling and repairs, the plumber had free access to chip away at the joists if he wanted to move the plumbing lines. As a result, the joist’s supporting structure could be weakened immensely and become hazardous. Hence, it is recommended to get joists checked for holes and notches.
Renovate Electrical Circuitry
The electrical circuitry in older homes was planned to work with appliances of that time, which consumer less wattage than modern-day appliances, especially the ones we use in our kitchen. High-powered appliances such as refrigerators, microwave ovens and ranges require and lot of power to work; thus, they all need to be connected to their own electrical lines. Updating the circuitry to modern standards will endure better working of your home appliances.
Replace Knob and Tube Wiring
Knob and Tube wiring was an early standardized system of electrical wiring in buildings, and it was used extensively to lay down electrical wires from 1880 to the late 1930s. However, the standardization never asked for grounding the electrical wires, which can be extremely hazardous if you or something else were to come in contact with an open live wire. Modern standardization methods require all electrical wires to be grounded, and this reduces the risk of causing damage.