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Buying An Old Home? Get The Plumbing Inspected!

If you’re a homeowner, can you remember how excited you were moving into your first home? You probably experienced a little stress, anxiety, and even excitement during the process. You couldn’t wait to make that old house a home. The paperwork is complete, and you finally agreed to terms. Now it’s time for the home inspection. The home inspection is usually the buyer’s responsibility. Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you have ever made in your life. You must check out the property thoroughly, and that includes a complete inspection of your pipes and sewer main. Some cities even advise having a lateral sewer line inspection, that’s where your property meets the city’s mainline.

Have Your Plumbing Inspected For Polybutylene Piping, “PB”

There are three things a home buyer needs to be concerned with when buying an old home. The first concern is defective pipes that are inclined to fail, such as polybutylene pipe, “PB.” The pipes are no longer manufactured nor rated for installation by the California building code. While not as popular in California, some states like Florida used the pipe in homes between 1978 through 1995. By the mid-80s, lawsuits started popping up and claiming millions of dollars in damage. Some even thought of it as “the pipe of the future” because it was cheaper and easier to install. It made home repiping easier for plumbing contractors. A class-action lawsuit was filed, and a settlement was reached for just under a billion dollars, so have your plumbing inspected.

Every Fixture, Appliance, Pipe, And Fitting Has A Life Span

The second concern is the pipes that have reached their life expectancy. Every fixture, appliance, pipe, and fitting has a life span. For some, it may be a minor replacement cost like faucets, pressure valves, and even a toilet. They are not much to replace. But then there are those big-ticket costs; for example, the existing pipes may be on their way out. Depending on the age of the home that you may be purchasing, you may have a sewer line that’s ready for a replacement. If you want to make a home purchase without regret, then your plumbing inspected by a licensed plumbing contractor.

Home Water Supply Piping

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  • PEX – 40 years
  • Galvanized Steel pipes- 40 to 50 years
  • Copper piping – 60 to 80 years
  • CPVC and PVC – 40 to 50 years

Drain Piping

  • Copper – 40 to 60 years
  • PVC – 50 to 70 years
  • Cast Iron – 50 to 65 years
  • Galvanized Steel – 40 to 60 years

Plumbing Fixtures

  • Faucets – 10 to 15 years
  • Water Heaters – 10 to 20 years
  • Shut-off Valves – 20 years
  • Sinks, Tubs, Toilets – 40 to 80 years

A Botched Plumbing Job Is Rarely That Of A Licensed Contractor

The third concern is previous repairs completed by a do-it-yourselfer or an unlicensed handyman. Let me make something clear, a handyman is an honorable trade, and the majority of handymen and women do excellent work. But what you get from a licensed plumber is someone who understands the plumbing codes in their area. Additionally, you are getting someone who has completed years of training and will protect their license at all costs. A botched plumbing job is rarely that of a licensed contractor but a do-it-yourselfer or an unlicensed handyman.

Give Yourself Peace Of Mind When Purchasing An Old Home

Take the risk out of buying an older home. If you need a licensed plumbing contractor to have your plumbing inspected, call the experts at Big B’s Plumbing.

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