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      In looking to buy a house, I noticed rust on the main water pipe (I don’t know the correct terms–sorry). Someone has patched the bottom with a large amount of beeswax. How much would this would cost to repair? This needs to be replaced, correct? Will explain more, in e-mail. Thank you.

    • #287767

      Yes Jay this pipe will need to be replaced, but why stop there?
      Are there other plumbing problems with the house? Sewer, Fixtures, water heater, heating, venting, etc.
      Hire an inspector that can go through the house and list the things you will need to replace when you purchase the house, you will be able to use this list to deduct from the asking price. Do not rely on the realtor to do this for you. Hire your own.
      Good Luck
      The Local Plumber

    • #287768

      Jay thjis is an easy fix. First you have to determine what kind of bee wax it is. Some bees are very nasty when you disturb there nest. Be careful, get some Raid or another product and spray the nest at night ( Bees are not that active then), then you must get a sample and bring it down to the local board of health. The board of health will determine is the bees are on the endangered list. The should be able to give you a course of action. Hope this helps.


    • #287769

      Hey Jay,To find out if it is indeed rust take a magnet and place it on the pipe If it sticks it is ferrous metal and YES it could be rusting out. If it doesn’t stick it is non ferrous metal and it doesn’t rust.

      The piping if corroded/rusted or suffering signs of erosion should be replaced.

      You asking how much to be replaced is IMPOSSIBLE to answer as

      1- What diameter piping do you have?

      2- How long is the run from the water source

      3- What material is your new water main going to be (I use “K” copper strictly for water mains) Unless local soil conditions dictate differently

      4- Is the water main tap you do have now adequate for the fixture unit demand you have in the building

      5- Will you have to install a water meter and or a back flow preventer or a PRV when you upgrade your main

      Call a Local Master Plumber to take a look and the price he/she charges to investigate maybe the best money you ever spent

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