When shopping for a new home, be sure to check the plumbing. Plumbing issues can be expensive and time-consuming to fix, so making sure that a potential home’s plumbing works properly is a must. Here are some steps that potential homeowners should take when inspecting the plumbing of a new home:
1. Check all visible pipes for any signs of damage or deterioration, such as rust, cracks, leaks or corrosion. Evaluate the condition of exposed pipes and tubing in unfinished areas like basements and attics. Look for rusting, condensation buildup, loose connections and improper insulation on pipes running through unheated areas.
2. Make sure that all faucets and drains work properly by testing them with both hot and cold water. Look for drips and wear including worn parts, loose handles, etc. Check for any signs of water pressure issues, such as inconsistent water flow or low pressure. If there are any issues with poor pressure or temperature control then this could be an indication of underlying problems in the plumbing system.
3. Identify where the main shut-off valve is located and ensure that it is operational. This will allow you to turn off the water supply in case of an emergency.
4. Check for any signs of mold or dampness around sinks, tubs, and toilets as this can indicate a leak or other plumbing issue. Look for signs of water damage, such as discolored walls or ceilings, peeling paint, dampness, and/or mold or mildew growth.
5. Ask the seller if they have had any problems with the plumbing system recently and about the age of the plumbing fixtures. Older fixtures can be more prone to problems and may need to be replaced soon.This will help to identify potential issues before closing on the home.
6. Test all toilets for proper operation; make sure they flush and refill completely and have no leaks at the base.
7. Inspect the water heater for signs of age, corrosion, rust or other wear that may mean it needs to be replaced soon.
Have the home inspected by a qualified inspector who can provide an additional professional opinion on the condition of existing plumbing fixtures and systems.
8.Have a professional plumber come in and inspect all of the pipes, fixtures, and connections to ensure that everything is in working order. This can provide peace of mind knowing that there are no hidden issues with the plumbing before purchasing a new home.
It is also important for potential homeowners to ensure that their future property has adequate protection against common plumbing issues such as freezing pipes or flooding. The right insurance policy will cover these types of costs should something go wrong in the future.
Finally, potential homeowners should consider budgeting for regular plumbing maintenance to ensure that their investment remains in good condition. This can include things like water heater flushes and drain cleaning services. Regular maintenance is an important part of protecting the value of a property. Taking these steps will help to keep any home buyer’s plumbing system running efficiently for many years to come.
Taking these necessary steps when inspecting the plumbing in a potential new home can help to identify any problems before closing on the house. This will save you money and time in the future when it comes to dealing with any plumbing issues that come up. It is always best to be proactive when it comes to identifying and resolving any potential issues with a home’s plumbing system before signing on the dotted line.
The professionals at Kay Plumbing are ready to take your call.