04:16AM | 03/25/06
Member Since: 07/12/03
3 lifetime posts
I am in the process of buying a 1927 stone and stucco, small twin home that requires some fix-up/TLC. A home inspection revealed a leaking waste pipe. The situation does not appear dire at the moment, but I would want to get it fixed as soon as I take posession next month.

My question: what is the worst-case scenario? I realize I could be looking at a couple thousand dollars, but could this go to 10 K or more, depending on whether they need to take out the pipe from the lawn or add a sleeve?

My offer on the home was fair/low, and the owners have bent over backwards to accommodate me on several items. They made it clear that if they accepted my offer, they wouldn't give me too many credits after the home inspection. I have not yet signed the P&S.

If I take the home as is, what might I have in store for me re: this pipe? The home inspector said it costs $275 an hour for a plumber to work on the poopy pipes!, but he had no way of knowing whether this was a simple or complicated fix.

I could handle a worst-case scenario fix, given my discount on the home, up to 10-15 K. Could I possibly be looking at more or am I covered w/this amount set aside? I realize your answers would be guesses, but I welcome educated guesses. Thanks.


06:55AM | 03/25/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1916 lifetime posts
UnScientice Wild A$$ Guess is $10 - $100,000.

There is really no way that anyone can give you even a wild guess about the cost of repairs with so little information. Even with more detailed informtion it would be hard for anyone to give you a meaningfull response without seeing it.

It might be something as simple as a leaking trap with many home owners can fix with a few dollars worth of parts.

Or it might require replacing of major parts of the drain system along with extensive tearing up of walls (and maybe cabinets) to get the to pipes for replacement.

Or it might be anything in between.

If you need a more detailed answer you need to get local plumber to look at it. Best if you can find someone that works a lot in that neigbhorhood and is familar with the details of those type of houses.


09:59AM | 03/25/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1548 lifetime posts
I like the way other folks know the prices a professional would charge and how long a given task would take.

Anyone who uses the word "poopy pipes" should throw away his/her clip board and find a new field to dabble in and refrain from doing any more inspections.

I would call a local licensed master plumber and ask her or him to check out your soil lines, waste lines, storm lines, vent lines and possibly your water distribution system including gas and heating piping.

A video inspection should also be considered for the main sewer piping

I would also consider hiring a licensed electrican and also a roofer to get a much clearer picture of what you may be up against


06:42PM | 04/03/06
Member Since: 07/12/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks both for your responses. The home inspector was actually quite good, but he is not a plumber and couldn't address the issue. At least he found the problem, which was not totally obvious. He checked the roof and the electric and made detailed recommendations. He is certified by ASHI.

A plumber estimated the repair at $600 to $1000; he needs to replace part of the pipe and rip up part of the concrete floor, but he didn't think it would be more extensive than that and nothing that he doesn't see all the time with original pipes.

I wish I had had more info before I wrote. I appreciate your responses, tho. Thanks.


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