Buying a home is a big investment. By doing your research and ensuring that the plumbing system is functioning correctly, you can avoid making costly mistakes.
1. Water HeaterAsk you realtor or the homeowner if they know the age of the water heater. A water heater will typically last 10-12 years. Inspect the outside of the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of wear and deterioration.
2. Water LeaksCheck faucets, pipes, and appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers and ice makers for signs of leaks. Even if there are no signs of water, look for stains or signs of mildew that could be caused by a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and often get worse over time, have your plumber check the plumbing system and repair any leaks prior to purchase.
3. Check the Sump PumpA broken sump pump can lead to extensive water damage. To test wether it's working, slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pump pit with water. The sump pump should turn on and remove the water. If it doesn't, check the power supply.
4. Water Saving ToiletsCheck toilets to see if they are newer, low-flow models. Toilets manufactured since the last 90's are mandated to use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. Look for cracks in the toilet tank or signs of water leaking around the base of the toilet.
5. Sewer and Drain LinesAsk about the age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Has it been repaired in the past? Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection will help find potential problems like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.
Need a plumbing inspection before buying a new home? Call MR Plumbing. We can inspect the home to ensure that everything is in good working order and provide you with a list of issues that need correcting.