There is nothing more satisfying than purchasing a new home. However, unknown plumbing issues can quickly turn your dream home into a nightmare. Plumbing problems are among the most common and potentially devastating issues among new homeowners. This is because most people are not aware of potential plumbing repairs that a home needs until they have already moved in. Though we are not all plumbing experts, you can utilize the services of a plumbing professional to ensure a thorough inspection of a home’s plumbing system before you sign your name on the dotted line. To save yourself from potential headaches, devastating problems, and expensive repairs, it is imperative that you pay close attention to the areas of a plumbing system that cause the most issues. Learn more about what to look for in plumbing when buying a home below.
Check Faucets, Sinks, and Toilets
The condition of a home’s faucets, sinks, and toilets can give tell you a lot about the health of a plumbing system as well as possible issues. When checking these important plumbing fixtures, it is recommended that you do the following:
- Turn on every faucet in the home and allow them to run. Check the water pressure, temperature, smell, etc.
- Ensure that the water drains well.
- Check for signs of leaks (water damage, pools of water, etc.
- Me sure that the toilets flush properly and there is no leaking around the base of the toilet.
Investigate the Main Sewer Line
This step is more important for older homes. In many cases, tree roots will grow around the main sewer line and potentially penetrate and/or break them. While you can certainly check faucets, sinks, and toilets on your own, this step will likely require the help of a professional plumbing service. Remember, if you purchase a home that has a damaged sewer line, you may be faced with an expensive repair bill soon after you move in. If your plumber discovers problems, you can decide to move on from the property or demand that the seller lowers the price to commensurate with the potential costs of repair.
Inquire About the Water Heater and Check it
Water heaters are an expensive appliance in any home. If you are faced with replacing your water heater shortly after you have purchased a new home, it could lead to expensive repairs. Before you decide to commit, take the following steps to ensure that the water heater is up to par.
- Inquire about how old the water heater is (most last from 8 – 15 years, depending on the type and if it has been maintained).
- Check for leaks near the valves
- Listen for noises coming from the water heater
- Look for debris, sand, or muddy water coming from the appliance
- Ensure that there is minimal rust on the tank
Inspect the Water Meter and Supply Lines
Checking the water meter can give you a great picture of the overall health of a home’s plumbing system. Before checking, ensure that every faucet in the home is turned off and then take a look at the meter. If the meter is still moving, it is likely that there is a leak somewhere in the plumbing system. Additionally, check the shut-off valve. Turn it completely off and then attempt to turn on some of the faucets in the house. If water drips or spurts out, you may need to invest in a new shut-off valve.