Spring time is the peak time for buying and selling a home. If you're planning on moving into a new home it's important to include the plumbing system as part of a detailed home inspection. Here are the main plumbing systems you can check to ensure there are no major plumbing problems
1. Hot Water
Ask the realtor or homeowner about the age of the water heater. A conventional tank water heater will last around 10-15 years. A tankless water heater will last around 20 years. Inspect the water heater for leaks, excessive rust and other signs of age and deterioration. Turn on the hot water near the tank to check the temperature.
2. Water Leaks
Check faucets, pipes, appliances – including dishwashers, clothes washers and ice makers – for signs of leaks. Check for stains or signs of mildew that could indicate a hidden water leak. Because many leaks go undetected and can get worse over time, have a plumber check the system and repair any leaks prior to closing.
3. Check the Sump Pump
A broken sump pump can lead to serious water damage. Slowly fill the sump pump pit with water. Does it turn on and remove the water? If not, check that their is power to the unit and that the float mechanism is not obstructed.
4. Water Saving Toilets
Check 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.
5. Sewer and Drain Lines
Ask about the age of the sewer line and whether it has been inspected within the last two years. Ensure that all drains empty quickly. A video sewer line inspection can help find potential trouble like tree root intrusion, cracks, blockages and other problems.
6. Water Pressure
Turn on the shower and run a faucet at the same time. Is there a noticable drop in water pressure? If so, have your plumber inspect the system to ensure there is enough water pressure throughout the home. If you would like to schedule a plumbing inspection before your next home purchase, givel MR Plumbing a call. We can help ensure that all systems are in good working condition.