Buying a house is a huge step in you and your family’s life – one that requires a lot of thought and money. Making this process easier can seem impossible, but getting certified home inspectors to look over your future home is a big help. You may want to look over the house yourself as well, especially the plumbing. Plumbing problems can be expensive to repair, especially if they flood your house. Here are some tips to do a plumbing inspection before buying a house.
First, check the hot water heater
Hot water is important for cooking, bathing and laundry. You want to make sure that the hot water heater is sufficient for your family’s size. A 40-gallon tank is ideal for a family of about four people. Make sure that the water heater is in a safe place, and check to see how old it is. If the water heater seems old and corroded, request that a new one be installed as part of the purchase agreement.
Check your water meter
Find your home’s water meter, and check that the shut off valve is in working condition. If the home uses well water, shut off the valve located inside the home, often under the kitchen sink. Shutting off the valve should result in no water coming out when you turn the faucets on in the house.
Check the pipes
You want to check the pipes for leaks, cracks or other needs for replacement. Older homes were often built with lead pipes, which are an environmental hazard. Especially if you have children, you want to have this problem taken care of before buying a house. Make sure that during intense cold, the pipes can be prevented from freezing by wrapping them or having vents to close off during the winter.
Check your sewage system
Find out if the waste goes into the city’s sewage system or your own septic tank. If your home uses a septic tank, find out where it is located and when it was last serviced and emptied.
Lastly, check all faucets
You want to make sure that you mention all potential problems to your real estate agent before you make an offer on the home. If you address the problems before, you can ensure that your new home is safe to buy and live in.
For help with a plumbing inspection before buying a house, or for plumbing repairs, call On Time Elmer today!