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Old 09-30-2015, 10:29 PM
 
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Hi, we are in the process of buying a nice home in Sunset Hill (inspection scheduled this week). However, we have noticed the water pressure was lower than normal. Do you know of any water problems in the area? Any other advise / recommendations on living in the area would be more than welcome! Thanks
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:04 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, 615' Elevation, Zone 8b - originally from SF Bay Area
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Many of those homes are at about 100 years old now. Depending on what renovations have been done, that original plumbing could still be there, and at that age galvanized steel will be corroded inside and partially clogged like the arteries of a 70 year old guy that lives on bacon. Hopefully your inspector will have the knowledge and equipment to
determine the condition of the pipes. Often there will have been some conversion to copper when kitchens or bathrooms are redone, but the house line between the meter and house is still galvanized. Re-piping a whole house can cost over $3,000, not including refinishing walls or any remediation for asbestos, lead paint, or mold that may be discovered in the process. Replacing just the house line can be $1,000 or more depending on whether it goes under any concrete.
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Old 10-02-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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Generally the closer to the bottom of the hill you are the higher the water pressure will be.

If the house has copper or pex, check the pressure regulator. Perhaps if this was a recent remodel they never bothered to normalize the pressure.

If the house still has galvanized, look for noticeable differences between hot/cold pressure and between different taps on different floors. The pipes don't tend to corrode and close up at the same rates so you'll see some variation. A lot of rust and sediment is another indicator the pipes are corroded.

Also some people only replace part of the plumbing! Some areas of the house might have new pipes while others still have 70+ year old galvanized.
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Old 10-15-2015, 09:59 AM
 
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Thank you for your responses! The inspection came back ok, somebody had partially closed the water access but its working fine now.
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