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Newer plumbing (by Shannon [TN]) Feb 9, 2009 4:10 AM
       Newer plumbing (by James [MA]) Feb 9, 2009 4:29 AM
       Newer plumbing (by John [NJ]) Feb 9, 2009 4:33 AM
       Newer plumbing (by Shannon [TN]) Feb 9, 2009 4:35 AM
       Newer plumbing (by MrRational [MD]) Feb 9, 2009 4:35 AM
       Newer plumbing (by sid [MO]) Feb 9, 2009 5:36 AM
       Newer plumbing (by RR [WA]) Feb 9, 2009 5:46 AM
       Newer plumbing (by Virden [OH]) Feb 9, 2009 8:54 AM
       Newer plumbing (by Irish [MD]) Feb 9, 2009 8:29 PM

Newer plumbing (by Shannon [TN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 4:10 AM

State Specific Question About: TENNESSEE (TN)

What is considered newer plumbing? I have seen ads where people are trying to sell there homes and one of the statemenbts will say, "Home has newer plumbing." Well what exactly does that mean? New pipes in the walls? Newer fixtures on sinks and tubs? What?


Newer plumbing (by James [MA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 4:29 AM

Ask the seller/agent exactly what they mean.

Newer plumbing (by John [NJ]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 4:33 AM

Exactly as James stated.

Sometimes a homeowner or realtor will claim "newer plumbing" when they renovate a bathroom while the remaining plumbing remains untouched and in poor condition.


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Newer plumbing (by Shannon [TN]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 4:35 AM

Correct me if I am wrong but it sounds as if, from your perspective, that newer plumbing is what is in the walls?

Newer plumbing (by MrRational [MD]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 4:35 AM

If the house is not "newer' then yes it would imply the house was re-piped at some point in the recent past. If the re-pipe job were completed last week... the ad would say "new piping".

Thing to watch out for is if the whole complete job was done or not. Quite often owners are cheap idiots and will only replace the parts that are easy to get to and leave the original material throughout. This is (often) worse than doing nothing.

Another issue to look for is permits and inspections. If they can't document that the work was done properly... I'd call their amateur plumbing work an overall negative and cut the offer (rather than something that warrants a bump in price).

Newer plumbing (by sid [MO]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 5:36 AM

Technically, anything done after the house was originally built could be considered "newer". House built in 1950? Added a new sink in the garage in 1951? Well, that's "newer" than the original...

See where this is going? You need to ask for WRITTEN documentation of exactly what was done. I'd demand copies of invoices (showing payment), etc. That way when your galvanized steel pipes start rusting out in the crawlspace you won't be surprised.

Newer plumbing (by RR [WA]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 5:46 AM

Someone once told me that they'd "updated all the wiring". I said, what's that mean? Come to find out, they put in some new light fixtures and replaced some switches. Huh?

Newer plumbing (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 8:54 AM

I just posted so let me copy-n-paste here about inspection today, --> Galv. pipe makes good drains but degrades as a supply line like everyone else has said, if your hubby uses pex often he prolly knows about the improved collar offered by zurn that grips over more than one barb and is stainless steel rather than the brass ones corroding in the 5 states on the west coast with the class action lawsuit going on. Also saw another inspector this morning who commented on recent inspections he had to return after the crew removed the drywall so he could see and verify the retaining clips every 5 feet as required in almost every building code, there are some who take a shortcut while installing the pipe and just string it loosely into the walls without any support - the beginners who don't want to follow directions was his comment, I passed mine as usual.

So in summary if there are newer pipes in there ask if they have photos of the completed work or any inspection stickers for the updated anything, I take photos of most of my work for my records and always share a disk when asked.

Newer plumbing (by Irish [MD]) Posted on: Feb 9, 2009 8:29 PM

The phrase Newer Plumbing tells me that the old plumbing was a problem...and probably a minimal cosmetic patch fix...I would recommend hiring a pro to inspect to evaluate the so called new plumbing fixes...

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