If you are in the market for a new home, there are obvious things that
you surely have on your list to look out for and check. While you may
want that open kitchen design or the big living room area, there are some
unseen factors that you want to check. Sure, it’s a great idea to
make sure your home is aesthetically pleasing and has all of the amenities
that you want, but it’s also very important to make sure there are
no internal problems that will cost you a lot of money to fix later. This
includes making sure you have working, functional plumbing which, if not
done correctly, can cause you several issues down the road.
At Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling, our
Indiana and Ohio plumbers understand the importance of making sure your plumbing is up-to-date and
working perfectly before purchasing the home. Because of this, we want
to make sure you know what to look for when inspecting your home. This
allows you to make sure you have working components, everything is right,
and you get everything you truly want in a home. What’s a home if
you are unhappy with some of the features? Here’s a checklist that
you can use to make sure the plumbing in your future home is good to go.
Let’s get one of the most common issues out of the way first. Not
only can clogged drains cause your water to drain slowly, backing up into
the tub or sink, they can also cause your pipes to have problems. Make
sure you go through the home and turn on the water in the sinks to see
how well they drain. Don’t forget to check the tubs and showers
as well. Finally, flush every toilet in the home to make sure there’s
nothing backing up the drains and causing an overflow.
The size of your pipes can help you with your water pressure. Even more
important, you can see if a plumber can come out to do a video inspection
of the pipes. This can help you determine if there is something intruding
in the pipes such as tree roots, dirt, grease, and more.
There’s nothing worse than going to take a shower for the first time
in your new home and there not being enough water pressure. This happens
a lot and people are left trying to make the fix for themselves after
they have already purchased the home. When you are checking out the home,
make sure you have a chance to turn on the faucets and the shower head
to see how strong the water pressure is. They shouldn’t be too low
or too high.
Many people don’t think about the water heater. If the home has a
traditional tank water heater, it is important to check a few of the components.
Make sure there’s no type of corrosion or rust. Make sure the water
heater isn’t too old. If so, you can ask that they replace it with
a newer model or tankless water heater before you purchase the home.
Pipes in the Basement
Whether you are checking the basement or the crawl spaces under the home,
you want to make sure the pipes are not leaking. Leaky pipes near the
basement or the foundation of the home can compromise the integrity of
the structure. It can make it more susceptible to damage which can cost
you a large amount of money down the line.
Does the home have lead pipes? If so, stay away! This could be dangerous
to both you and your family. This can transfer to the water you use which
could harm your health. If possible, don’t buy a home with lead piping.
Making sure your future home is in working order is very important. The
more problems you have with your plumbing, the more money you will spend
on wasted water and repairs. If the home you purchase does have trouble
and you need help finding a remedy,
call our plumbers at Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Our team is ready to help you
with the right fix so your home is in perfect condition. The plumbing
is an important part to not only the comfort you find in your home, but
also in your sanity so you’re not worrying about clogs or breakdowns
at all times.
Good luck in finding the perfect home for you and make sure everything
is working the way you want it to.