Updating plumbing in a home
While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector.
Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here. There are three categories of plumbing problems we find in older homes: 1) Pipe material that has been determined to be prone to failure and no longer used, 2) Pipe material and fixtures that are at the end of their serviceable lifespan, and 3) Defective repairs made by the homeowner or a handyman.
Class action lawsuits awarded money for replacement to homeowners with PB, but the period for initiating a claim has ended.
Most of the early failures were due to sloppy crimping of the pipe connections.
In many cases, water lines or drain lines can be upgraded if they are of lower quality.
Working on mobile home plumbing can often be less expensive than working on site-built homes.
There are three different installation strategies that a plumber can use for replacement of your water supply piping, depending on the construction type of your home: is preferable for a slab-on-grade home with adequate attic height for the plumber to maneuver around.
While the quality of materials used in newer mobile homes is much better than the older ones built in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s there are still differences in types of plumbing materials used and in the plumbing systems.“If it hasn’t started leaking by now, it’s probably fine” is our plumber friend James Freeman’s opinion.“I think it is an inferior pipe material, but would not replace it at this point unless it started leaking.” Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not agree, and will not issue a new homeowner’s policy on a house with PB piping.Did you hear the story of the new homeowner who found out the gas supply was coming through a garden hose?
Or the one about the handyman who ‘repaired’ a leaking roof for the previous owners by hiding it behind a fresh coat of paint?Mobile homes are not built to the same standards as site-built homes since they fall under different regulations.