Common issues include the need to add electrical outlets, replace hot water cylinders and deal with low water pressure.


Electricity and gas

Electricity was used for water heating and space heating in most houses, as well as for lighting and to operate an increasing range of appliances, especially in the kitchen. Reticulated gas was becoming more widely available, so gas was increasingly used for heating and cooking. Read more.

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Plumbing and drainage

Copper pipes are likely to remain in good condition but plastic pipes should be checked by a plumber during renovation. Read more.

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Though open fires remained popular, 1970s houses were often heated from other sources such as wood burners, and gas and electric heating. Read more.

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Water heating

Most homes had electric water heating but some used gas and some used solid fuel to boost supply. Original hot water cylinders and low pressure systems may need replacement. Read more.

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