The City of Richardson is a north Dallas suburb known for its business mindset. The residents of Richardson know what it takes to get the job done, and that’s why we are proud to serve this community. Legacy Plumbing strives for excellence and efficiency in everything that we do: from the initial appointment phone-call to the onsite plumbing work. We will get your home’s water, sewer, and gas systems back in shape so that you can focus on what matters in your life.
On this page, we’ve compiled some information on the utilities and plumbing that will be helpful for you as a homeowner. Feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions.
(Page Last Updated November 2020. Contact the City of Richardson for the latest information.)
Plumbing Considerations in Richardson
Richardson is a large city with over 120,000 residents, and more than half of the homes in the city were built before 1980. There are several important things to be aware of regarding homes of this age.
One is the materials used for the plumbing systems. The sewer systems of homes built before the mid-1980s are usually cast iron. Some houses on the newer side of this range will have PVC piping above the slab foundation and cast iron sewer lines below the foundation. Homes on the older side of this range may have a mix of copper and cast iron in the walls and cast iron below the slab. This is important to be aware of because once buried cast iron starts to break down and deteriorate, it is very susceptible to breaks and root infestations.
The water systems on homes of this age will mostly be copper. Copper is a tried and true water piping, but it does have its weaknesses. As it gets older, there is a greater likelihood of it developing pinhole slab leaks under the foundation, especially if it wasn’t initially installed with care. If you think you may have a slab leak, you can read more about it here.
If you aren’t sure where your water meter is, check the front yard right next to the street curb. Most of the houses in Richardson have the water meter housed in a rectangular concrete or black plastic box situated right next to the street out front.
The gas systems on houses built before the 1980s will mostly be black iron (steel) threaded piping. This is a good piping material as long as it is protected from moisture, which will cause it to rust. For some older homes, the gas service line which runs through the yard is steel piping as well. These will inevitably develop leaks over time which could increase your gas bill. Learn more about gas leaks here on this page.
Finally, you should pay careful attention to your water heater. Many homes in Richardson have the water heater located in a hallway utility closet inside the home. The problem is, most water heaters have an average life expectancy of 10-12 years before the tank itself starts to leak. When this happens it can mean a lot of water damage if the heater is located inside the home. Check it frequently, inspect the pan drain and T&P drains, and install a water alarm or flood protection device. If you have more questions about this, see our water heater page.
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