Many potential real estate buyers hire home inspectors to examine the new home before they purchase it. There is nothing worse than buying your dream home only to find hidden costly repairs that the previous owner either did not know about or failed to disclose during the sale.
While people will hire someone to inspect the property, many people do not think about getting a plumbing inspection performed when they are looking for a new home. Plumbing issues can range from small leaks to major repairs. But even the smallest drip, if not addressed professionally, can end up costing far more than people want, or can afford to spend. To save yourself the headaches and debt, get a professional plumber to inspect your potential residence before putting an offer on it. Here are some things that a plumbing expert will look for:
1. Lead Pipes
This is especially common in older homes. If you are thinking of purchasing a character home, it is important to make sure that the lead pipes have been replaced. Lead is an environmental and health hazard. Having them in your home can be very dangerous to your health and water system. As a new home owner, you do not want the expense of replacing old pipes to be your responsibility.
2. Hot Water Tank
A faulty water tank can cause extensive and costly damage that you do not want to deal with as a new home buyer. A professional knows what and where to look to determine the condition of the water tank. Before buying a new home, find out the age of the tank, and have an inspector look at it thoroughly to reduce your risk of having to replace it.
3. Main Sewer Line
Experts can use their camera equipment to go through the interior of the main sewer line to see what condition the line is in. Many people have faced damaging repair bills because the main line crumbled and the water spilled into the ground and surrounding surfaces. Issues are not always obvious, or known to current property owners, if they have never had the line inspected.
If you live in an area that has cold temperatures during the winter season, you will want your pipes to be well insulated so they do not freeze or rupture. The insulation is cheap but the bill to fix a damaged or ruptured pipe is not.
5. Sump Pumps and Back Up Valves
Many residential properties have sump pumps and backup valves in their basements to safeguard their property from sewer water up. A professional can check to make sure the dwelling has properly working pumps and valves so that you do not have to worry about your basement flooding.
6. Hidden Leaks
Plumbers can check all your toilets, appliances, sinks, water fixtures, and pipes to make sure there are no hidden or unknown leaks in your new home. Small leaks, if left unfixed, can quickly cause a lot of damage to an area and turn into a much bigger and costlier repair. Getting all the drips examined will protect you from unsuspecting damage.
If you are looking at real estate property, it is important to make sure that you are completely safe from any unseen or unknown damage or repairs before making such a major purchase. Because water related issues can turn into very costly repair bills, a professional plumber should inspect the water system first before you buy a new home.