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Plumbing issues to look for when buying a home
Posted on Sep.11, 2013 by Chase Thompson

There are several things that you should keep in mind when you are looking to purchase a new home. You can’t always rely on the home inspector to catch all of the potential problems that could potentially come up.

For starters you need to identify the type of supply lines that you have inside the home. Here are the four most common types of supply lines in Kansas City homes .

Copper Supply Lines

Most homes with copper supply lines will be in good shape. The only thing to look for is calcium and lime build up around the joints and fittings. If there is a green and white build up the piping was not cleaned properly during installation. This is a common cause of pinhole leaks in copper pipes.

Galvanized Supply Lines

Usually when we see galvanized supply lines in a home they have developed a leak and we are called out to replace them. If you are planning on purchasing a home that has galvanized supply lines be sure to budget for replacing all of the lines.

PEX Supply Lines

Almost all of the new homes being build today have PEX supply lines throughout the house. If you are looking at homes and see PEX for the water lines you probably don’t have to worry about any major repairs involving the supply lines.

CPVC Supply Lines 

CPVC is not all that common to see around the Kansas City area. CPVC Supply Lines look similar to PEX but the fittings are also plastic and they are glued together with a yellow solvent. The main problem with CPVC is that over time the material becomes very brittle and can easily snap causing a flood.

Polybutylene Supply Lines

We have been getting a lot of calls lately from new homebuyers saying that their insurance company or mortgage holder is requiring that the polybutylene supply lines be replaced in order to stay in compliance. This material looks very similar to PEX but is grey in color. It was commonly used from 1978-1995 and is in quite a few homes throughout Kansas City.

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