The past couple of years we've had a lot of work done on the house including the replacement of most of the water pipes, including the pipe which goes from the street to the main valve in the house. After that excavation and much better water pressure as a result, we noticed one section of pipes we'd forgotten about. They're under the utility sink and connect to the sink, washer, and outside faucet. Oh, and, also to a hot/cold set of faucets which seem to have no purpose except draining onto the basement floor. It was that pair which made us notice what we'd forgotten because after the water pressure got much better these old spouts filled with mineral deposits and corrusion began dripping. They would not tighten and turn off completely due to the new force of the water. Which meant a bucket under the spout and having to shut off the water to the entire house each time we left so as not to have an overflow.
So today a nice guy from Excel Plumbing in Troy Illinois is here to replace these pipes as well as a 1927 cast iron utility sink which has become stained and horrible looking through the years. Excel has replaced all the other pipes for us and has done it in an efficient and excellent manner so as awful as the ancient pipes look, I'm sure today's job will be completed in the same way.