Post foundation repair- Mike and Shana Acquisto Real Estate brokers and co-owners with a Acquisto Real Estate. Hello. And we’re finishing we’re moving on from the topic that we talked about yesterday with plumbing and some different issues that you could kind of have with you with that. And what we’re going to talk about is specifically drilling down into this.
And this is about after you have a foundation repaired, there are several issues that you could have with your plumbing. Right. So this is a deep dive into this sub kind of topic here.
And we’re trying to keep them organized and discuss like this and then this and this and get to all of them. Right. So that’s what we’re trying to do here. So what we’re going to go over is how to spot the issue, what to do when some of the costs associated with it. So let’s kind of drill down and set the scene here. Yet we now have a plumbing issue that kind of comes up from foundation.
So the foundation we talked about that the other day where we have the foundation and it’s set and it’s concrete. Right. And then going down into that with our visual again is we have like all these pipes that are going down. And then when our foundation moves in shifts right now, all of a sudden we have these pipes underground that were moved with it and the pipe for human body, you know, like your foundation changes and then like that, like you change it.
Right. So now we changed what was going on with the foundation.
And you have to understand, right, that there’s pipes underground now. We have plumbing problems and stuff going on. Yep. So we’re going to how do you spot it when you have this?
There’s one that I don’t know. We actually experience this. We thought we had a major issue and then our friends had the same issue. When you’re walking on your tile, have you ever walked across and all of a sudden it’s like, whoa, this spot is a little warmer than over here. So that’s one way to spot it. And that is a huge indication that you could have some sort of leak or something going on is if you feel, you know, different temp at different temperatures on the tile. That’s kind of one thing. Obvious ones would be if you have wood floors and you start to see some buckling.
Yeah. So obviously any type of leak that showing with temperature or visually seeing that. Yeah. Is definitely going to be a problem. Now, one of the other ones that you could spot if you have a leak is if you turn your water off at the main or turn your turn all the water off in your house and the water dial keeps moving.
Yes, right. So what that is doing is showing you that you have a leak somewhere. And that’s definitely a problem. So that’s one of the things that they do during a home inspection, during all the water off in the home and then walk outside. And if the dial is still slowly moving, then it’s like.
So on a side note, I think if you want to kind of really impress your clients, I think most people know this, but I don’t know is to say, hey, let’s look at your main, your water main, and then you show them where it is and maybe have that key right that you can. Jeremy Ryan actually showed us this one time that, yes, having one of those keys may be in your in your car so you can twist it, take it off and show them it’s a shower.
Like I said, maybe I’ll maybe we’ll bring that in tomorrow and I’ll have the key so I can see the light. Can you turn your your water off? Yes. Yes. That’s kind of an important idea in their head. They have some of these PEX things that you can move now, right? Yeah, I don’t know what they’re called, but these like control things in the homes. Yeah. So you can turn off a zone of the home. Yes. Or one switch.
Some of the newer homes have that PEX system in the garage that you can just shut off one particular area, which is awesome.
But yes. Yeah. All right. I see so many things that I can talk about in regards to this. And we’ll get to each of these different subtopics in the next couple of days. Yeah. And we’ll hit them all up. So we talked about that and then what to do. So if you notice you have one of these problems, then turn it off, have it inspected to have a professional look at it, have a foundation company, come in, get some estimates and kind of see what’s going on. Now, they do after a foundation repair is completed, they do one of these like this word, a hydrostatic test, right. To like check all the plumbing.
So when you have foundation work done, they do a plumbing test to make sure that there’s no leaks or anything like that they should do. Yes. They you know, to give you a warranty and a good warranty, they’re going to do that because the last thing they want is for you to come back and say, hey, I had this leak and it’s cause from your work that you did. So it kind of, you know, takes some liability off of them.
That’s why they do that. So that’s just to test it and that a hydrostatic I don’t know if it’s hydrostatic, I don’t know that’s pretty invasive, so I don’t know if it’s a camera test or how they they truly do that. It’s probably something we should find out and maybe they all do it a little different. I’m not sure.
So what that is, is they pressurize it right. And then see if there’s any leaks anywhere. Yeah. And the reason that you have to have that signed off on if you’re a seller is because like you are as a buyer, when you’re doing this test, all of a sudden you break something and then you create a leak.
And then the sellers like, what if you’re doing anything like that or you suspect during an inspection that you have, you need to check it out further then obviously, yes, you need to get permission from the seller and then you have to identify what if something happens and who pays for it.
So very good. And then costs associated with it probably would be expensive.
Well, we talked about yesterday, if you’ve done a remodel and you have a leak, a slab leak under the foundation, you know, there, you’re going to have to dig up and it’s going to you know, it’s going to be very expensive. But there are ways, other ways that they can go in and put this liner in to kind of so that they can talk about and break that topic out separately with how to fix it and remedy it. Yeah, but costs associated with there’s going to be a short term cost, which is to repair it.
So that’s going to be the upfront number that you’re like all I need to fix this problem and you’ll get that research didn’t pay that number now, but there’s also a secondary cost associated with that. Right. So that might be to repair the damage that you had to do to to do to fix the actual plumbing problem. Right. So now you have that cost. Sometimes you might not be able to find the same exact items. We run into that a lot that like, I can’t find the same tile now I have to redo this or whatever that is.
So that’s a second cost. And then there’s a third cost associated with this, which could be potentially larger than the two other ones combined, which is when you go to put this property on the market and you disclose that like we had this problem. Right. And now what is my property valued at when I know I’m like, I got this problem and you give it out there.
So it’s expensive. It’s very expensive. It costs. So with your clients, if you can do a better job to dissect this and spot it in advance, you’d be like, here’s the problem and here’s the issues going to relate to it. It doesn’t mean you should you have to avoid those homes. It just means that you need to fully explain it to your client so they know what they’re buying into.