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    Default Old water pipes

    I have a mid-1900 house with old plumbing (and electrical wiring). Should I replace the pipes or are they safe?

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    Chances are that your pipes need to retire.

    Regarding safety, as in "can you drink tap water" - I hope you don't.

    Regarding safety, as in leaks and floods - there is a real threat that these pipe will fail and cause unbelievable monetary damages.

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    What did your inspector say when you were preparing to buy the house?
    It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    have a good plumber and electrician, that you trust, come in and do an evaluation.

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    it is very hard to say without seeing them but the pipes them selves if they are copper are probably ok. the shutoffs are probably shot though. the wiring is probably not up to modern standards. or at least the service box. the wires may be ok as long as the insulation hasn't become brittle. but the circuits are probably overloaded and need split up. I think you should get a good plumber and electrician to evaluate it may not be that bad really

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    Have a pro come in to check things out. They may have been replaced in whole or in part already.

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    Default Re: Old water pipes

    Have the plumbing and wiring checked out completely by pros. A lot of older houses will have exposed copper piping but with galvanized risers inside the walls- that's bad news just waiting to flood your bank account with withdrawals!

    Phil

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