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Old 09-27-2019, 08:49 AM   #1
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Plumbing In 1950's-60's Ranch On Slab


Hi: I'm a retired carpenter looking to buy an older ranch, slab foundation, to renovate and live in. I live in the northeast and spend winters in Florida. I see so many of these ranches where people do a total renovation but leave the original under the slab 60 year old water/sewer pipes in place. Jackhammering/trenching/replacing is costly but seems the way to go?. Can a video camera tell both the condition of pipes and the material of pipes? I'm no plumber and was looking for advice and experiences. Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-27-2019, 09:05 AM   #2
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Yes a camera can tell you the condition of the pipes.

As far as material, maybe if you have a nice clear shot with a high resolution camera.

Your local guys that run the camera will likely be able to identify the material.

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Hi: I'm a retired carpenter looking to buy an older ranch, slab foundation, to renovate and live in. I live in the northeast and spend winters in Florida. I see so many of these ranches where people do a total renovation but leave the original under the slab 60-year-old water/sewer pipes in place. Jackhammering/trenching/replacing is costly but seems the way to go?. Can a video camera tell both the condition of pipes and the material of pipes? I'm no plumber and was looking for advice and experiences. Thanks in advance.
Yes, the video camera will be able to see the condition of the pipe internally. But if there are no issues most likely everything is fine.

That said, 60 years is nothing for a pipe. The average life span for a pipe depends on a wide variety of factors including the type of pipe, air characteristics, soil, and its installation. As the pipe design goes, the minimum life expectancy is a minimum of 100 years.
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