If you are planning to move into a new home, you know that the process of finding and buying the perfect home can be stressful, lengthy, and not to mention expensive. The last thing you want happen when moving into your new home is to discover a need for plumbing repairs or upgrades. Before you sign on that bottom line, check out this vital plumbing checklist as a home buyer and make sure that every issue is addressed before you make that commitment.
1. The first thing is to check the toilet – make sure all units are functioning properly; the fill, supply, and flush valves. Flush every toilet in the house and check if it flushes easily. If they struggle, clog, or face low water pressures, further inspection is needed. If not, then you are in good hands..
2. Check the under pressure of showers in the house by turning on all the showers. You need a good water pressure to enjoy a good bath after all.
3. Check the size of the pipes because size matters (We are referring to pipe diameters here). To have enough water at home, at least ¾-inch pipes need to be installed from the water source down to your home and at least ½-inch pipes from your home down to the faucets.
4. Inspect the water heater at the home. Make sure the pressure relief valve is working correctly, that there are no gurgling sounds that indicates sediment accumulation in the tank and there is proper ventilation. Don’t forget to check for the date of last service and any corrosion in the water heater. Then, you will have an idea of the water heater condition. If it’s too old (normally over 10 years), have the seller replace it for you.
5. Check for leaking signs such as dripping water, whether from the sink, faucet, tub, or shower. You should also check under the sink for other signs of plumbing problems.
6. See if you can spot signs of cracked/warped flooring around the sink, shower, toilet, or refrigerator. Look out for water stains on walls or ceilings too.
Remember, your house is one of the biggest investments you will ever make and it should be in your best interests to make sure that everything is working perfectly. This checklist will help you avoid and prevent any hidden home nightmares that you may encounter as a homebuyer. You’ll be surprised to know how many people ignored these plumbing basics and ended up paying a staggering amount of repair costs as a result.
If you’re unsure, do not hesitate to seek advice from professional plumbers to check the house. Better be safe than sorry. You will save more money by hiring a plumber to check the house than having to pay for the hidden plumbing issues later.