Buying a home and moving in can be exciting. Unfortunately, plumbing problems can make moving into a new home a stressful and unpleasant experience. Picking a home without plumbing problems or identifying and negotiating for needed plumbing repairs before finalizing the purchase can help make buying a new home more satisfying.
If you’re a home buyer and are seriously considering purchasing a property, these quick plumbing inspections can help you decide whether or not the plumbing in the house is sound.
Check for Slow Drains
Slow drains are a sign of poor plumbing maintenance and could be a sign of something bigger, such as a sewer clog. Make a habit of running the water in each sink and bathtub of each home you consider buying, then watching as the water drains out. Doing this will help you identify which drains are slow and which drains are working properly.
If the lowest drains — for example, the bathtub and shower drains — are all slow, this could be a sign of a sewer problem. If a variety of drains are slow, including some of the lower drains and some of the higher drains, such as sinks, this is likely a sign of clogs in the drains.
Random clogs can be easily fixed by contacting a plumber. However, a sewer clog can be a much more expensive problem. If you’re thinking about buying a home that you suspect might have a sewer clog, make sure to first contact a local plumber for an inspection of the sewer.
Most home inspectors will not inspect the sewers, so getting an independent diagnosis will be necessary to determine whether or not the sewer has an issue.
Check the Water Pressure
Low water pressure can happen for a variety of reasons. In some cases, low water pressure can be a sign of buildup or corrosion in the pipes. Often the only way to fix this problem is to replace the plumbing in the house, which can be an expensive undertaking. If all or most of the faucets in the house have low water pressure, buildup in the pipes is a likely cause.
Sometimes low water pressure is a sign of a leak. While leaks can be easy to fix if they’re caught early on, long-term leaks can do serious water damage.
To check the home’s water pressure, turn on faucets from various places in the house. Run the water as high as it will go. If the pressure is not sufficiently high, there may be an easy solution. Sometimes cleaning out the faucet aerator or turning up the water shut-off valve is enough to increase the water pressure. If you would like to troubleshoot these problems, talk to your realtor before taking action.
In some cases, low water pressure can be the result of a problem occurring with the public utility company. Home buyers who are serious about purchasing a house with low water pressure may want to contact the water company to find out whether or not homes in the area are experiencing problems with low water pressure.
Look for Corrosion on Pipes
Check under cabinets for corrosion on drain pipes and water pipes. Corrosion can be a sign of a water leak. It can also be an indication of extensive water damage. If you see corrosion on a pipe beneath the sink, feel the pipes for moisture and look for a pool of water or signs of water damage on the floor beneath the pipe.
If you find evidence of a leak, consider having a plumber come to the property to investigate the damage and give a quote for repairs. Remember that evidence of water damage could be left over from an old leak, so it’s important to get a diagnosis from a professional plumber.
Watch for Mold on Walls
Mold can be a serious issue, causing health problems for occupants of the household. When looking for mold, watch for black, brown, green, gray or yellow spots. If you see mold on the walls, this could be a sign of a plumbing leak, a roof leak or a problem with the gutters or siding, so plan to call a variety of contractors to the home to find the source of the problem.
Work With a Professional Plumbing Company
When you’re thinking about making an offer on a property, working with a professional plumber can help you determine if the home has plumbing problems, how much it would cost to make repairs and whether or not significant damage has been done to the structure. Having this information can help you decide how much money to offer for the property.
The Clean Plumbers will happily answer home buyers’ questions about plumbing and plumbing inspections. To find out more about common plumbing problems in residential properties, call them today at 813-961-2683.