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Old 05-17-2016, 09:55 AM
 
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Purchasing 1970s home w galvonized pipes and seller disclosure indicates previous leaks. Would you recommend hydrostatic testing? Who have you used? Cost? Thanks
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:57 AM
 
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By the way it is 5400 sf house
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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I'd also consider getting a quote to repipe. If those pipes aren't leaking yet. They will
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:21 AM
 
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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.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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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.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:18 PM
 
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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.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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This is the only time I have heard these tests being performed.
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What you should do is a hydrostatic test on the drain lines under the house, that could be very revealing.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:08 PM
 
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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.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:20 PM
 
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Thanks, everyone, for your feedback. You all are so helpful! look forward to hearing more.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:32 PM
 
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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
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