Buying a New Home? Ask These Plumbing Questions First!

You’ve just made a decision to make an offer on a new home. It’s one of the biggest decisions that you will make in your life so you want to make sure it is the right decision. It’s in the perfect neighborhood, it checks most of the boxes on your wish list and it just feels like home.

And, now it’s time for that inspection. A lot of questions will come to mind as your inspector goes through the home looking for potential issues as well as pointing out items that you may want to consider asking to have remedied before the completion of that sale.

Here are some questions to ask when it comes to the state of the plumbing in your desired home that will give you the insight you need as well as a heads up on any repairs or issues going into the final days of the purchase.

Moisture and leaks. One of the most common issues that inspectors could find is moisture and leaks as they can be some of the most visible. Leaks can create higher water bills and cause damage over time. Ask about old water damage or rust and corrosion. Ask about the floor around the toilets or bathtubs and showers, especially if it seems warped or soft.

Hot Water Heater. Ask to have the water pressure and the temperature checked. Also, make sure the parts are working correctly to avoid any damage or burning out the system altogether. If the water heater is in an out-of-sight area, ask about leaks in hard to see places. And, check to make sure the size of the tank fits your family needs.

Piping. Ask what types of pipes are being used in the home. This will help you determine the timing of any long-term changes or if the pipes are being used for purposes in which they weren’t designed.

Sewer line. Sewer lines can’t be seen and therefore may not be included in a typical inspection. Be sure to ask about a specific sewer inspection. You may have to call your local plumber in order to have them come out and inspect the sewer lines, but the cost will be worth it if they find a crack or the need to actually replace the line.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance don’t hesitate to give us a call.