Older Home Problems in DFW

Plumbing Problems in Older Homes- Hello, hello, Mike and Shana Acquisto here, real estate brokers and co-owners with Acquisto Real Estate. And we need to talk to you about high cost, high cost plumbing problems and how to avoid them in a couple of things that you can look for when you’re searching for a property.

So most specifically here, we’re going to be talking about foundation issues and how those could come up, how the age of the property could affect this with some of the plumbing techniques that were used prior. And we’ll go over those specific dates for you and the landscaping, how planting trees when they are small in certain locations becomes a problem later on. So we need to identify that.

And, you know, when you’re with a client going through a home inspection and you get the inspection back and they say, oh, there’s a slow drain here, a lot of the times you’ll hear, oh, you know, my daughter has long hair or, you know, that it’s it’s something very minor when in fact, it could be something really we’ve seen them right turn into something pretty major and they’re very, very costly.

Yes. So what we want to be able to do is identify them, right? Yeah. So as an agent, it always helps to have knowledge. And our goal here is to impart more knowledge upon you. And when you’re able to walk around and you’re walking the property any time with a client, it’s important that you’re able to point these out. And that’s how you gain trust when you’re like, look over here.

This is something that we want to look at. And if it’s a property they want to buy or not buy. Right. It’s important to do that. You’re giving them knowledge. Sure. And then you can write them like, oh, I remember when you said write about this home.

And a lot of the times once you start looking, happen in that same issue will happen repeatedly within that kind of subdivision or community because the homes are most likely built at the same time frame by the same builder. They use the same techniques. Right. So that same type of thing is going to go on. And then the clients like, oh, thank you, you had a lot of knowledge.

That’s how you build trust, that’s how you get more clients and it’s how you avoid issues. Sure. OK, so we talk about the first one was foundation issues and how that becomes a problem specifically for plumbing. So this one specifically, let’s limit our discussion, OK, right. To the cost related to high cost plumbing issues. When you see a foundation issue, not   how we’re going to fix it. Not anything else.

Plumbing Problems in Older Homes

Ok, so, so. Well, when you have foundation movement, which we’re in Texas, so we have the expansive soil, we we see that a lot. They may go in and have foundation repairs done. And a lot of times after that, they will do a leak detection test to make sure that there’s no leaks at that time. However, when you start moving things within, you know, the ground, there’s a chance that maybe they nicked something. And, you know, it becomes a problem, starts a small, but then it develops into something greater.

So, yeah, you have to realize that the foundation is stable. Right. And it’s here. And then going down through the foundation was all this different type of plumbing. Yeah, right. So you can imagine when you start moving the foundation underground. Right. Like you have, like I’m really giving you a great visual. So we have the foundation and then like the plumbing going through it. Right. We start moving it. And so anyways, that was for you. I did that all for you to show you. That’s really great.

That was, you know, something. Well, listen, something that’s relevant here is when you have we have a lot of homes that went through, you know, flips, if you will. So they’ve been renovated. And this is an investor coming in. They’re looking at, you know, improving this home, but they have to make a profit. So I’m not saying it happens all the time, but sometimes maybe some corners got cut.

So especially if you’re going into a home that’s been renovated or has had foundation work, you know, in the past, you want to make sure that you take it a step further and check out that plumbing, because you don’t know, especially after, you know, like I said, a renovation. Something could have been put down. The Pipes Foundation could have been done, you know. Prior and nothing was really done with the plumbing, so you want to be very careful with that.

Yes. Then we need to talk about the age of the home and there’s a couple of things around that. So you just did some quick looking for us in nineteen seventy five is the year prior to that one. Cast iron was a thing. Right. And that was specifically the line going from the main. Aha. From the water man to to the home front and sewer line.

Yeah. So yes cast iron knows over time it will deteriorate and start to develop some leaks. So there’s a couple of things with that, you know, that are pretty invasive. If you need to replace your cast iron and you have to go through and dig up the flooring or the ground, that’s extreme. But there are some other options that you have. So it’s really  good to get with a trusted plumber and understand these different methods. One that we’ve seen is, you know, maybe instead of changing out the whole cast iron, there’s something like a mesh type sleeve that they put in there to kind of, I guess, kind of.

So we’d want to get far off. That’s how you would fix it. And that’s the repair which is trying to identify them for you. And Rachel Chat’s in from Plano. Thanks for joining on Rachel and letting us know that cast iron in Plano was used until the mid 80s. Oh, so you want to look at.

Well, yeah, we read something where a higher end steel, I guess they started using after that. But still, nonetheless, you need to be careful with that.

And then the last item is landscaping. So when we’re kind of looking at this, what we want to identify here is that it looks amazing when you take and you put a new home together and then you start to put landscaping in and you instinctively end up placing it too close to the home. And because it looks good then and then all of a sudden 10 years pass in 20 years grow and things grow and homes they do. Yeah, right. It just depends which direction it’s facing and how you water it. It’ll grow.

But what you have to look at is a rule of thumb is that the root system will be out as wide as the largest limbs are. OK, so when you look at that and you see limbs that are reaching over the property. Right. Or limbs, you realize that, oh, snap, that’s a big tree.

While what that means are big roots and the roots will go. And I’ll give you another visual here. Right is so like we have the plumbing line that’s running out to the home and then the roots are going around it. Entangling around it. Yeah. Like just like all around it and thanks. And so now we have that problem and it’s going to affect the quality and the integrity of what’s going on there. So we’ve had many problems where the root system grows into the pipe. It kind of like strangles it. -Plumbing Problems in Older Homes-

And, you know, this is something when you’re in a new  construction, the builders will place, you know, right around the home. And, you know, that is something to point out to your clients that, hey, this is something you need to need to watch for. And I know you don’t want to talk about repairs, but there’s root barriers that you might suggest that are put in to avoid that. You can even put in roof barriers after the fact. Right. So even if the tree is grown and you’re a little nervous about it, you can have that done after the fact.

So that’s a good word to remember. There is root barrier and what the intention behind it is.

So what we’re trying to do is identify these problems. Right. And we’re kind of talking through this whole series. And each day during this month will be taken in highlighting one of these things, diving a little bit deeper into it so you can understand it better. So just look for the expansive size of the trees and just realize there’s something going on under the ground as well that you can’t see.

And just understand what that is for your client and help them out and advise in the best possible way. That’s why sometimes you see people taking trees down and you’re like, that’s a beautiful tree. Why did you do that? It’s like, huh? Ok, and I get it. Slow leaks don’t just take those as being, you know, it happens all the time. It’s just hair because we’ve seen it back up in front yards and be very, very costly. So just pay attention to those.

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