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Old 03-12-2015, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Historic West End
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The City of Atlanta really need to examine and inspect what contractors are doing especially to historic homes built in 1920's and after. I think certain contractors are expert at not pulling the proper permits and the home owner later discover things that should have been address while the contractors were renovating a home.
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Old 03-13-2015, 11:15 AM
 
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Hey everybody!

I remember a while back reading that homes in the 90's were built super crappily... something about lack of regulation for contractors.

We have moved into a home that definitely fits the profile. Can anybody tell me when the crappiness stopped, or advice to give others about what years of construction to avoid?

Also, are most homes around here plumbed with CPVC? Up to this point, we had never lived in a home that wasn't copper.

Thanks!
It probably depends on where you are. We know several people who had homes or major additions built in the 1990s that are fantastic.

That doesn't mean you won't encounter substandard work somewhere. As others have said I'd get a good building inspection before buying.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:55 PM
 
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I just replaced my polybutylene pipe because it finally started leaking.
The plumber told me immediately. He opened the meter cover, pulled back a little dirt, and told me it was polybutylene. If you have this kind of pipe (if your house was built in the 90s, chances are that you do), it's not a question of if your pipe will leak, but when. It seems like many houses have already had this problem and corrected it.
When the pipe leaks in between the meter and your home, how do you know? Just from abnormally high water bills?
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:59 PM
 
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We used an inspector that was highly recommended by our realtor. He has a background in structural engineering or something like that. We weren't here for the inspection, so we never met him, but we were highly unsatisfied with his work. It seems like these inspectors have no accountability at all.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:11 AM
 
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I knew because I have a concrete walkway that goes from my driveway to the front door and it started having puddles that wouldn't dry. Even if you don't have this, you can tell because the yard will get very soft and squishy when you step on it. If you suspect a problem, all you have to do is look at the water meter. If no water is running in the house but it is moving, you know there is a leak. My leak was small, but I still noticed a problem right away so you shouldn't have to worry about a terrible water bull being your first sign. The plumber also said if the water bill is high, the county will regulate it if I show them a receipt proving the problem was fixed.
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Old 03-15-2015, 12:03 PM
 
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Thank you, ATLTJL
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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When the pipe leaks in between the meter and your home, how do you know? Just from abnormally high water bills?
The soggy yard will be a sure sign. Trust me...
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