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August 10, 2010


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We were renovating an older home a few years back, and discovered that the plumbing was primarily made up of cast iron pipes. The system seemed fine on first inspection, at least according to the inspector my husband had hired to take a look at everything.

What I did not know at the time was that the water was not turned on at the time of the inspection, so they did not do any checks on the actual pipes while under pressure. The first time we got the water turned on, after we were more than halfway finished with the renovation, we had a really nasty surprise coming.

The inspector had missed those globs of rust you spoke of and in a very big way. Running city water through those pipes at normal pressure caused two pipes to break immediately, and several others sprung leaks, all at the same time. A true nightmare that turned out to have been unnecessary if the pipes had been inspected by a professional.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge about what can be a confusing situation to deal with. Pipe Repair

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