Buying a home is not like buying food items from groceries, or at the very least, buying something in general. When you buy something, you often take a quick look at the packaging of the product before you make a decision as to whether or not to purchase this product. You can also resort to buying a different brand just because you feel unsatisfied with the other.
The house has to be in great shape
Buying a home requires you to do a lot of things. One of which is to check if the house that you’re going to buy is in tip-top shape. When I say tip-top shape, I mean the house looks good inside and out. You have to make sure that the inner workings of the house are also in good condition. The inner workings include the electrical wirings, the foundation, and of course, the plumbing.
But people often forget to do one thing, and that is to conduct a plumbing inspection before buying a house. Think of a plumbing system as your body’s cardiovascular system, which carries important fluids to the different parts of your body. The plumbing system carries out water to different parts of the house, and if the system is not in good condition, you’ll be faced with a lot of problems.
Who can do this plumbing inspection?
Any plumber can help you conduct a plumbing inspection before buying a house. Some of them will run a quick diagnostic check all throughout your house to make sure that the taps, toilet, and other systems are working. Then they make sure that the pipes are in good condition. Plumbing inspections take no longer than a day or two, but if there are problems, plumbing inspections can then turn into plumbing repairs and replacement.
What are you looking for?
Signs of leaks in pipes. Leaks in pipes can often destroy walls or put the foundations of the house at risk.
- Water pressure. High water pressure can damage your pipes, while low water pressure can often restrict water flow in different parts of the house.
- Drainage speed. This is a matter of hygiene as the drainage speed is an indicator of how good your plumbing system like a toilet or a kitchen sink is. A slow draining toilet or sink indicates a clog.
- Toilet functionality. Toilets are pretty fickle yet expensive, so you need to make sure that the toilet in your new house is still in good working condition.
- Water heater integrity. Leaks, rust, and low water pressure are problems associated with water heaters. If there’s a water heater in your new home, make sure that it’s professionally inspected.