When you’re looking for a new house, there are a lot of time consuming ‘to-do’ lists before you make that final purchase. One of the most common tasks is to have a professional home inspection done. However, there’s no guarantee that your home inspection will thoroughly cover the entire plumbing system. We recommend getting a second pair of eyes from a licensed plumber to properly inspect the home’s plumbing, that way you’re aware of the home’s history and what to expect for the future.
Our goal is to help make this process as convenient for you as possible, because we know schedules get busy and buying a home can be overwhelming. That’s why we offer appointment times any time, any day – and there’s never an overtime charge!
In the meantime, here is a homebuyer’s checklist for the plumbing system:
Fill, Flush & Drain
Nobody enjoys dealing with a clogged drain. That’s why it’s important to flush the toilet in each bathroom, and to also make sure your sink and tub drains aren't filling up instead of draining. If you're dealing with a backed up drain, get the emergency drain cleaning service you deserve from Mr. Rooter.
How’s the Water Heater?
When inspecting the water heater, the first thing to look for is any corrosion or rusting. These symptoms suggest that it might be time for a new water heater. It’s also important to know the age of your water heater, and you can learn how to do that here.
Survey the Crawlspace
It may not be the ideal place to hang out, but if you’re able to get down there and see what's going on, it can pay dividends.. Check for water damage, leaking pipes or any unusual plumbing repairs (i.e. a repair that doesn’t look like a professional did it). Water damage and leaky pipes can significantly influence your water bill, and improper repairs can lead to bigger issues – so get it repaired right!
Test the Water Pressure
If you’ve ever taken a shower with low water pressure, you know how undesirable it is. Turn on all of the showers in the home to get an understanding of what your water pressure is.
Evidence of Leaks
Look for signs of warped flooring or cracked ceilings. Either of those symptoms can hint at a nearby plumbing leak. Be sure to look underneath sinks and near tubs, showers, dishwashers and refrigerators, as these are all popular places you can find a leak.
This easy-to-do checklist will help you get started on the right path to prevent any unknown plumbing problems. Remember, a great investment in your future home is to have a local licensed plumber out to provide a detailed inspection. Our experts will make sure your home is up-to-date and go through their entire diagnosis with you and offer any recommendations. This will provide peace of mind and help ensure your home is in good hands for the future! Call or schedule a suitable appointment time for you.