Just went under contract on a bank foreclosure. The building has been vacant for a year and utilities are off. The bank is unwilling to turn anything on for my inspector to test. That said, I’m planning on having a plumber do a pressure test on the plumbing to check for leaks. Any other suggestions out there aside from additional having a traditional inspection??
From experience I'm not convinced on the air purge method.Instead I use a 3/4 HP submersible pump in a 5 gallon bucket & pump fluid (usually the pink 'food grade' RV anti-freeze) through the lines. I have also done it on boiler heating systems.
I attach it to the system via an existing spigot. Run it at full pressure & make sure you get flow at the various faucets etc. Then wait as the pump runs for any signs of leaks. Obviously easier on single storied homes & still difficult behind walls etc unless you can hear the leaks or the drips.
Once done you shut it down & leave the RV in the system to keep it winterized.
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