Re: Due Diligence MHP - Posted by Keith (OH)
Posted by Keith (OH) on March 14, 2006 at 18:10:04:
Get on the phone.
I would contact the local Health Department (or whomever enforces MHP codes in your county), the County Inspector, the city billing office, previous owners, current plumbers the Seller has used and any long-term tenants (with sellers permission) about the age and upgrading of the water system. Some where in all those places you should be able to get an idea when the last time it was updated.
I requested all the water usage for as long as the city would allow and receveived usage for the last 5 years. I took that info and plotted the usage on a graph in Excel and the time of minor and major leaks shot off the graph like a rocket, easily visible. If you spot a major leak ask the seller who they used to fix it. Then call them. Chances are they had to dig to a broken main and can tell you if the supply lines are copper or galvanized. And can usually tell you other “secrets” about the system.
Using an “average” usage you can’t get a pretty good idea what the usage should be against what it actually is. If it is way out of line then I would investigate further until I could find the answers to the overage.
That’s what you can do for free, but it takes a little time.
If you want to spend the dough then I would have the system inspected with a plumber specializing in underground plumbing lines. They’ve got all the cool techno gadgets to help you out.