I've been asking about partial copper plumbing, and I wanted to clarify my question. I'm house shopping. Some

Asked by Michael, Los Angeles, CA Sun Apr 20, 2008

of the homes I'm considering have updated partial copper plumbing, and one friend said that's worse than no update at all, because they tend to leak. My questions are:

--How do I know if the copper and non-copper pipes were joined securely? Does an inspector check that?

--Is there cause for concern in buying a house with partial copper plumbing? Is it enough of a problem that I shouldn't buy the house?

Thanks, all.

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Tman, , 30642
Mon Apr 21, 2008
Good point by Larry Story, get the Prince of Plumbing and put this issue to bed ... but one thing before you do ...

Copper plumbing thefts are running wild .. make sure you understand what your homeowners insurance will and won't cover, most will only replace with CPVC or PVC - not copper replacements...

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Larry Story, Agent, Greensboro, NC
Sun Apr 20, 2008
As we stated in the previous question there could be nothing at all wrong with the home. But, if you are focused on one area ie; the plumbing then bring in a licensed plumber to inspect the home. That way if they do find something they can also give you a quote right then as to the remedy. A home inspector is great for an overall picture of the home. When you think though that you either have or might have an issue with a specific system then bring in a licensed professional.

Larry Story
Coldwell Banker Triad
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Maria Manso, Agent, Miami, FL
Sun Apr 20, 2008
Hi Michael - Wow, that's a tough one. You're probably better off asking a licensed plumber. He should be able to explain the pros and cons. Good luck.
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