Buying a Home? Tips on How to Check for Plumbing Issues

Before you commit to purchasing a home, it’s important to ensure that it passes not only a building and pest inspection, but also a plumbing inspection. Inheriting expensive or annoying plumbing issues is the last thing you want when you move into your new home, so here are the top 5 things to keep an eye out for:

  1. Flush the toilet

Check to make sure all toilets in the home flush properly. Listen out for gurgling, gushing or banging noises as this could signify a plumbing issue.

  1. Test your water pressure

If you’ve dealt with poor water pressure in the past, you probably don’t want the same issues in your new home. Turning the shower taps on and off should give you a good idea but if you’re still unsure, you can also check the size of your pipes. The bigger your pipes, the better your water pressure will be.

  1. Inspect the hot water service

Locate the hot water service and give it a once-over. Check the year of replacement and any damage to the unit such as cracks, leaks, rust or buildup. If possible, ask your realtor if they can advise you of the last time in was replaced and professionally serviced.

  1. Look for shonky workmanship

Get under the house and check the state of the pipes and the quality of the plumbing installation. Plumbing that has been installed by someone who is unqualified may be prone to leaks, corrosion, and loud, clunky noises.

  1. Avoid lead pipes

Some older houses still have lead plumbing pipes fitted. Lead pipes have been proven to transfer lead into the body through tap water, and this can be harmful to humans.

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