3 Plumbing Issues to Check before Buying a New Home
A clogged toilet, a sink that won’t drain, a water heater that does not heat and a number of leaking taps and pipes. You surely do not want to face these plumbing emergencies, especially when it has just been a week since you bought that new home. Oh, what bad luck it may have meant to give you and your family for the rest of your stay there.
Be wise. Before buying your new home, the internal and external designs and the number of rooms are not the only things you should check and figure out. Home living needs more than these things. You take a bath, use water when you cook for dinner, use the toilet at least once in each day, brush your teeth, do the laundry and wash your plates and cutleries after every family-shared meal. You need water more than the sofa. You need to make sure everything about water and how it flows should be all right.
Here are three of the most common areas you have to include in your home inspection (read: tour) before you buy that house. Is it really worth your penny? Won’t you be paying more for fixing its drainage system anymore? Are you sure you are free from stress brought about by sudden plumbing emergencies when you start staying there?
- Shower, taps, sink and toilet
You know these things can also be called “water portals,” or ingresses and egresses through which water enters and exits. Whatever they are made of and wherever they are placed, they have one thing in common and that is connection. That’s what we rely on for this check-up.
When you’re done touring the rooms upstairs, tell the home tour guide or sales agent that you need to go back to the kitchen and restroom. Here are the things you need to do:
- Turn on the shower at its normal pace.
- While the shower is on, turn on the taps.
- Observe both the water flow and the water temperature.
- Flush the toilet and drain the kitchen sink without turning off anything.
To make your examination more credible, try turning on the hot tap for at least a minute before you turn it off. Notice if there is any change in its temperature as time passes by.
If the sink or toilet make any loud or odd noises or if they drain slowly, there is a big possibility these water portals are already suffering from a plumbing issue or more.
Ask the sales agent or outgoing household owner about the matter.
- The drains and how they smell
We are each given a nose not for nothing. After doing the first inspection, you may begin to lean over each drain in the house and take a sniff. How does it smell?
If there are any foul odours, it indicates that something is blocking the pipeline. It could be tree roots or other more solid matters. This has to be fixed not by you but the seller.
- The floor and corners
It hurts more to experience problem you had not expected to have soon after you move in than to squat down on almost every corner of the floor during home inspection.
Why do you need to do this? There may be signs of water leak lurking underneath the kitchen cabinet or on the ceilings, in the cabinetry or on the walls. The discolorations, were they due to water marks? What flaws have you noticed that could be linked to a previous plumbing problem?
It is better safe than sorry. Before you move in, never forget to do these three easy inspection matters to avoid sudden and early plumbing emergencies in your new home.