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Old 02-24-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Do you think this was done to code via plumber or DIY?


I'm thinking about buying this house as a rental. The plumbing looks shoddy on this part of the house. I believe it used to be a breakfast nook that is now converted to a laundry room.
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:59 AM   #2
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I agree, probably done really quickly/cheaply by diy homeowner to get a washer/dryer hook-up.

Is this property on a slab or foundation? Couple important areas to inspect before purchasing are attic, crawl spaces, basement, plumbing, and electrical. If you get it inspected, which I recommend, use a private unbiased inspector of your own, not a Realtor appointed one. They're in each others pocket. You may be able to negotiate a better deal. Just a suggestion.
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:29 AM   #3
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To provide an informed opinion one would need to know where and when as codes have changed greatly over the years and by location. It would not meet current standards but it might for the year it was done.

If there is a trap on that drain I would not be overly concerned.

You should be able to visit your local PVA site and determine the number of inspected / approved outlets the house has.
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One other big thing I see is possible mold on that outside wall.
Just looking out that window it sure looks like the grades to high and will cause issues with that wall.
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I agree with Colby and Joe above. There is still a lot you can't see from the picture, but as long as there is a trap and a vent, it is pretty much the same thing you would hope to see. Just outside the wall, not inside.

I would be more concerned about the discoloration on the wall beneath the window.
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I would be more concerned about the discoloration on the wall beneath the window.
That looks more like dog scunge than mold to me. The oil from their dirty little bodies.

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Purple primer is usually a dead give-awy that it's a DIY job. A number of home & building inspectors have told me in the pst that when they see purple primer, they look harder and longer than they normally would, and usually do so for good reason. That said, it's hard ot tell if there is indeed purple primer or not.....
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Purple primer is usually a dead give-awy that it's a DIY job. A number of home & building inspectors have told me in the pst that when they see purple primer, they look harder and longer than they normally would, and usually do so for good reason. That said, it's hard ot tell if there is indeed purple primer or not.....
Many inspectors require purple primer to prove you used it.
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Many inspectors require purple primer to prove you used it.
Not here, they simply require a pressure test to prove you used both..........
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Not here, they simply require a pressure test to prove you used both..........
Passing a pressure test does not prove you used primer.
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Primer is required for PVC pipe when using normal glue. If my inspectors don't see it, the job fails regardless of a pressure test. And they don't except clear cleaner.
My state has a code amendment now to except 1-step hot glue though.
Our HVAC guys also must extend the primer beyond the fitting hub depth to prove they applied primer their vent lines
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Looks like homeowner or craigslist job--most good contractors and plumbers understand that anything outside the wall should look good. This is more quick and dirty.

I would not trust the plumbing in the house to all be good and would definitely walk through the house with tradesmen rather than home inspectors. (Or at least a good independent inspector). The inspection process as a practical matter in real estate is ordinarily about knocking a thousand bucks off the price and only really protects the buyer from defects if there is something *really* glaring that a home inspector can't find any way to accept. Home inspectors who point out problems don't get repeat business from realtors, and often don't know what they're looking at. But contractors and tradesmen have a lifetime of experience fixing other peoples' bad work.

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