Welcome to City-Data.com Forum!
U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Houston
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-17-2016, 09:55 AM
 
5 posts, read 4,960 times
Reputation: 10

Advertisements

Purchasing 1970s home w galvonized pipes and seller disclosure indicates previous leaks. Would you recommend hydrostatic testing? Who have you used? Cost? Thanks
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-17-2016, 09:57 AM
 
5 posts, read 4,960 times
Reputation: 10
By the way it is 5400 sf house
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 10:02 AM
 
958 posts, read 2,572,994 times
Reputation: 827
I'd also consider getting a quote to repipe. If those pipes aren't leaking yet. They will
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 10:21 AM
 
1,237 posts, read 2,017,815 times
Reputation: 1089
Late 70s galvanized pipe in a home that large? I'd consider a re-pipe a necessary improvement/repair and put an offer on the house accordingly. I wouldn't waste your time on hydrostatic testing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
3,067 posts, read 8,405,839 times
Reputation: 5714
Quote:
Originally Posted by macy0000 View Post
Purchasing 1970s home w galvonized pipes and seller disclosure indicates previous leaks. Would you recommend hydrostatic testing? Who have you used? Cost? Thanks
If it is galvanized, that old, and the piping itself is already experiencing leaks (not just joints at fixtures), then it is better just to plan for re-plumb. Depending on one or two story it can be performed very easily with PEX tubing. It will not be cheap but can be done.

Performing testing of any kind, other than visual (in walls and floors) and destructive testing, might not find pending leak points.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Woodfield
2,086 posts, read 4,129,693 times
Reputation: 2319
Quote:
Originally Posted by macy0000 View Post
Purchasing 1970s home w galvonized pipes and seller disclosure indicates previous leaks. Would you recommend hydrostatic testing? Who have you used? Cost? Thanks
The pipes are already under pressure so I don't see a how hydrostatic testing will reveal anything. They're either leaking or they're not.

At a minimum, factor in replacing the horizontals in the attic, about $5k. They will corrode the worst, the verticals not so much.

What you should do is a hydrostatic test on the drain lines under the house, that could be very revealing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 12:22 PM
 
1,501 posts, read 1,768,770 times
Reputation: 1320
This is the only time I have heard these tests being performed.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ToyYot View Post
What you should do is a hydrostatic test on the drain lines under the house, that could be very revealing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 01:08 PM
 
23,968 posts, read 15,063,270 times
Reputation: 12937
Everybody I know in the 1960 Champions area who had a house over 25 years old with galvanized pipes was looking at replacing the pipes. One waited several years until her kid was out of college. They just kept patching. The price quoted her was way more than 15k for a 4000 ft. house. Her plumber said it had something to do with galvanized, age and water softeners.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 02:20 PM
 
5 posts, read 4,960 times
Reputation: 10
Thanks, everyone, for your feedback. You all are so helpful! look forward to hearing more.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-17-2016, 03:32 PM
 
26,191 posts, read 21,568,036 times
Reputation: 22772
Quote:
Originally Posted by crone View Post
Everybody I know in the 1960 Champions area who had a house over 25 years old with galvanized pipes was looking at replacing the pipes. One waited several years until her kid was out of college. They just kept patching. The price quoted her was way more than 15k for a 4000 ft. house. Her plumber said it had something to do with galvanized, age and water softeners.
They switched the water source there about 3 years ago which really started to advance the problem. I had a one story and replaced the horizontals myself and while it sucks being in the attic the cost was very minimal
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Texas > Houston

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2024, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top