The last thing any new homeowner wants is to be left with expensive plumbing issues, and there are many things you should look out for.
When you buy a house, whether it’s been around for years or it’s been built recently, there’s no guarantee that everything will work the way it should, and that’s why it’s important to always get a home inspected before you buy it. However, just because you’ve hired an inspector, it doesn’t mean that you can’t do some inspecting yourself. Inspectors are responsible for checking the entire house in a short amount of time, and things can sometimes get missed. Here are a few things you can do on your own to give you peace of mind in the plumbing system of your new home:
#1. Flush the Toilets
Don’t be surprised by a nasty clog after all of the paperwork has been signed and you have the keys in-hand. As you walk through the house, flush every toilet. If there are any clogs, you’ll at least be alerted to them, and you can dig in further to ensure that the problem is not more serious than just a toilet clog.
#2. Turn on the Showers
As you’re walking through the house, it’s also smart to turn on the showers and the faucets. This will give you an indicator of the water pressure in the home. If the water pressure is high, that’s a red flag, because it can cause many issues for the plumbing system.
#3. Check Out the Pipes
If the water pressure was low when you turned on the showers and faucets, it might be a matter of repairing a clog or a broken pressure regulator, but it could also be a result of pipes that are too small. To get the water pressure you’ll need, it’s important to ensure that the pipes leading to faucets are at least ½” thick and the pipes traveling from the water source to your home are at least ¾” thick.
#4. Watch Out for Lead
Older homes can sometimes have lead piping, but this should be avoided at all costs because it can be dangerous. The pipe that connects the home to the inlet valve on the water meter is the one that is most likely made of lead. To test it, you can scratch it with a key and test a magnet on it. If it looks silver or grey where you scratched it with the key and the magnet will not stick to it, it’s probably lead.
#5. Check the Water Heater
When looking at the water heater, watch out for any signs of corrosion. It’s also important to ask about the last time it got serviced. If the water heater is ten years or older, ask to have it replaced.
#6. Keep an Eye Out for Water Damage
Inspect the basement and any crawl spaces in the home to watch out of water damage or leaky pipes.
Are you worried about the plumbing system in your new home? Contact us today! We offer a variety of plumbing services in Belleville, and our professional can inspect your new home for you!