Exterior Waste And Vent Pipes
Believe it or not, some homes were built without any
indoor plumbing. This home was built in the 1920s and the plumbing was
installed a few years later.
Whenever you see plumbing pipes like these on the outside of a house, there's a good chance that the home itself was built before they actually had indoor plumbing. This particular drainage and plumbing system like most, wasn't maintained correctly and is now starting to deteriorate.
Home Maintenance Tip: These pipes should be inspected for damage, like holes, rust and pipes that have become separated. These pipe should also be painted regularly to protect them from moisture.
Make sure that you use the correct paint. I don't know how many times I run into a situation like this, where the homeowner used the wrong paint. Check with your local paint store for more information.
Home Repair Tip: These exterior waste and vent pipes don't look like they're in that bad a shape, until we look closer. Usually the damage isn't hard to spot and should be repaired as soon as possible.
If you're doing any home remodeling and you have the chance to remove the exterior plumbing pipes and reposition them inside the walls, I suggest that you do so.