Hi everyone, thanks for reading. I'm not a diy'er or old home enthusiast, just a gal in love with a home but freaked out after the inspection. My agent seems to no opinion and I would really love some honest, realistic advice about what I'm dealing with.
Background: Phoenix AZ, House is 65 years old, in a great neighborhood and because it's never been sold, (original owner lived there 50 years, son&wife after that) the upgrades are all top notch. However, The home has cast iron waste pipes, copper interior piping.My inspection showed visible corrosion in 2 bath drains and one sink is fully clogged for unknown reason. Off the bat that doesn't seem to bad, but obviously the cast iron must be at the end of its life span.
I really don't know what this means. Will I eventually or very soon have to go through the concrete foundation? Wont this destroy the meticulously preserved original baths? What about just the tub drains? That doesn't look easy. Do you do it all at once or piece by piece? Obviously people deal with this kind of thing but how?
When i ask myself if the house is worth another 10k, the answer is yes, but like I said, I just don't understand what replacing cast iron waste pipes mean. I am getting a plumbing inspection, but I'm already terrified about it. Also, I have no idea what I can reasonably expect the seller to agree to. I don't want to be terrified without a real life idea about what it means.
Please, any advice, experience or thoughts would really be appreciated. There is one more issue w/ the house, some weird electrical, and I'll post about that in the appropriate place. This is my first time home buying, and I suspect you know what I'm going through. THANK YOU