Beware Of Plumbing Problems In Older Houses

Dated: 12/22/2014

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Buying a house that's 40 years or older increases the likelihood that you're also buying corroded plumbing pipes. Galvanized steel and cast iron pipes were commonly used before the 1960's. Here we are 50+ years later and millions of houses have corroded, crushed or plugged up piping.


What to do? Make sure to get a home inspection with an emphasis on checking old plumbing. Have the home inspector run the water extensively to test if the lines to the sewer are broken or clogged. Checking the water pressure can also give clues about the health of your lines. These problems are expensive to fix, it's best to verify the condition prior to taking possession. The last thing you want to do is jackhammer the concrete floors or dig up your front yard to reach and repair corroded pipes.


There are many older homes right here in Louisville, KY. Neighborhoods such as St. Matthews, Valley Station, Hikes Point, Clifton, Highlands, Germantown, Irish Hill, Okolona and many others have beautiful older homes that are also prone to plumbing problems. Please take special care, and consult with a Realtor who specializes in older houses.

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Dave Halpern

Dave Halpern, Realtor, CDPE, is the tireless and dedicated leader of the Dave Halpern Real Estate Group. Dave’s extensive background in negotiating and successfully closing complex real estate trans....

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