Plumbing Checklist for Homebuyers
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.