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That Black ABS Pipe Can Snap and Leak!

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That Black ABS Pipe Can Snap and Leak!



Yeah, we want to believe that the black ABS drain pipe will last forever; it won’t rust and just sits in the wall right. Well not entirely right. ABS drain lines and fittings can be under some stress for a number of years due to improper strapping, sudden force, or even constant pressure to move.

These are more common than you realize, but you will not know it until it leaks. Of course, an inspection of the plumbing before the walls were closed may have help catch the problem early – before the leak had a chance to develop.


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Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Waiting for a leak is not the way I would like to discover this problem.

Feb 17, 2014 12:44 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

There were a number of things wrong with this drain pipe Margaret, a good inspector should have gotten this one before closing up the wall.

Feb 17, 2014 12:56 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

The perfect opportunity for a couple of permanent fix options - duct tape, chewing gum (mint preferred) or just some good old caulking.

Yep, that'll do it.

Can you still buy ABS out there?  It's in older homes here, but not in the stores.

Feb 17, 2014 05:00 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

An inspector will need some experience to identify potential problems without evidence of existing problems.

Feb 17, 2014 08:10 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Tom, we've replaced a lot of that stuff over the past few years. If our rentals have it, I get rid of it.

Feb 17, 2014 08:31 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tom. I know this is a good idea, but if the home is older and the walls are closed....then what?

Feb 17, 2014 08:55 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thought that was something about orangeburg I think they called the pipe. Not so strong. But you are right, breaks happen. Frost is one huge mover and shaker you don't want to mess with.

Feb 17, 2014 09:03 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tom, you answered my question on how they may break and leak. Thanks.

Feb 17, 2014 09:18 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Tom,

I find this ABS all the time. But it was not leaking either. Good find but I bet the water stains was the clear indicator of where the leak was at. Could the quakes have caused the break? Or simply old piping?

Have a nice day in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Feb 17, 2014 09:19 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I would have thought they would last forever also -- I just learned something new!

Feb 17, 2014 09:58 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Plumbing remains a subject to itself...There is much to know case in point here...good posting

Feb 17, 2014 10:19 PM
Drick Ward Property Management / Broker Assoc
NEPTUNE REALTY - Virginia Beach, VA
"RealtorDrick" - Experienced Representation

Good post-thanks!

Feb 18, 2014 12:02 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Wonder how long this had been installed in the property. Have never had an issue with this type of plumbing. Something to look forward to.

Feb 18, 2014 12:42 AM
Jill Saddler
Draper, UT
Draper Utah Real Estate Professional - 25 years+!

You definitely learn something new everyday on ActiveRain.. thanks for sharing!

Feb 18, 2014 03:06 AM
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

Having the experience with these types of often overlooked aspects of home ownership is a very valuable lesson.

Feb 18, 2014 03:47 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Tom, I am of the belief that nothing lasts forever.  Clearly there are better pipes to use that will likely last longer than my lifetime.  Plumbing leaks and water damage are no fun!!

Feb 18, 2014 11:02 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Tom if it wasn't inspected before the wall was installed, now one can only hope it won't break.

Feb 18, 2014 01:48 PM
Joshua Frederick
Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC - Defiance, OH
Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio

There was also "defective" ABS allegedly produced years ago that many people don't know about


Feb 18, 2014 05:08 PM