Buying a home is a major purchase so nothing should be overlooked when deciding if you have found the right home for your family. With all the factors you’re juggling – price, location, number of rooms, etc. – it might not occur to you to have your plumbing inspected.
The plumbing of your home should be a deciding factor in your choice. Everything about your potential home could look fine on the surface, only to discover upon moving in that the plumbing is one blocked drain away from collapsing. Having a plumber perform a plumbing inspection of your home plumbing system will help you bring up problems with your realtor before you make your purchase.
Don’t be afraid to have a plumber inspect your home before you make a purchase. A reputable seller won’t mind you being informed about the property and should encourage you to find out as much as you can.
During a plumbing inspection, a plumber will confirm that everything is safe, legal, and installed by licensed professionals.
A plumbing inspection will include:
Inspect for leaks
During the inspection, your plumber will make sure that your shower, dishwasher, sinks, faucets, tub and toilet are not leaking. Small leaks increase your water bill and can cause much bigger problems.
By checking the size of your pipes, a plumber can determine the water pressure of your home. For good water pressure, the pipes should be at least ½” in diameter and the lines should be ¾” to 1 inch from the main source of water. If the home was built before 1986, a plumber will also check to see if it has lead pipes. As we know now, lead is an environmental toxin and you may not want to live in a home that has lead pipes.
A plumber can determine where your water heater is located, its capabilities, and its age. If the home water heater is in need of repair or replacement, you may be able to knock money off the asking price. You can also request that a new one is installed before you move in.
A plumber will also inspect emergency water shut-off, drain valve, thermostat, gas/electric connections, temperature and pressure relief valve, temperature setting, gas thermocouple, emergency gas shut-off, and flue pipe. The water heater plays an important role in your home, and having it unexpectedly break down is not only inconvenient but also expensive.
Sewage system and exposed pipes
A visual inspection of your pipes will reveal if there are any changes that need to be made before you move in. A plumber can also help you determine whether there is a septic tank installed on the property or if your waste goes to a municipal sewer system.
If there is a septic tank, your plumber can determine if there are any problems with it as well as where it is located, what pipes lead to it and when it was last serviced. A broken septic tank is an expensive problem that you can avoid by making sure it’s in good working order before you buy.
Make sure that you are properly informed on all areas of your potential home before you buy. A plumbing inspection can help you make the right choice and familiarize you with your plumbing for later on if something goes wrong.