If your house is more than about 60 years old, make it an annual ritual to look at any exposed pipe—in basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms—for telltale signs of trouble.Check the tubing for discoloration, stains, dimpling, pimples, or flaking, which are all indications of corrosion.Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick!Some forums can only be seen by registered members.After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.I'm looking at a house that is said to have had major plumbing damage from burst pipes in the winter.The realtor said that a recent client who went into the house was told "you could put 0,000 into this without even blinking" by his friend who apparently does home repairs.
She made no mention of mold, though she did mention slight water damage on one ceiling in one room. And there are the cadre of issues like bathrooms, flooring, kitchen, etc. J., plumber Joseph Gove, who supplied the lifespan estimates.So, no matter what kind of pipes you have and how old they are, you need to keep an eye on them.If yes, any additional hints you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Yes, there are cases when building an equivalent house in a different location for less. Tearing the current house down cost money, it could be quite a bit. This is probably a good advice ^^^ However, the devil is in details. Is it in a particularly good location that makes the whole hustle worthwile? Old boiler means you need to install ducts when you go to a forced air system, which will accommodate heat and air conditioning. When it comes to the cost of remodeling, assume the worst - typical project costs 30 to 80% more than the owner initially budgeted for. As a last option - is it $$-wise doable to buy the house just for the land, then tear it down and build a nice, new custom house there.