Are you shopping for your dream home? Perhaps you’ve found it! Have you checked the plumbing? While your dream home may seem perfect on the outside, it’s really important to make sure you’ve checked its plumbing. Here are 5 plumbing things to check before buying a house.
Water heater, taps and pressure
Ask how old the water heater is, if it’s been replaced or caused any issues. You should be able to determine its age by looking at it. If it’s rusted and worn down – it’s most likely old! Also check for leaks. Consider a tankless water heater. They require less space, use less energy and heat up water quickly. READ: Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater .
Check taps for rust and turn them on to test the water flow and pressure. Check the shower’s water pressure too. If the water pressure is low, the house may need wider pipes. You can also install a new shower model that may allow for more pressure.
Sewer and drain line
Contact a professional to check the sewer line for blockages, damage or tree roots. Don’t be tempted to dig up your yard to find the sewer line. Contact your local municipality or contact us to help locate it and check it for you. Peek down the drain to see if you can see or smell any blockages.
Check that there are no leaks at the base of the toilet. Check that the base of the toilet is not loose or wobbly. Flush the toilet to see how it drains and flushed. The colour of the water can also indicate potential issues. If it is discoloured or brown, ask why.
Water supply pipes
- Check if the pipes are copper or plastic. If they’re steel pipes they probably haven’t been replaced in a while as copper and plastic are modern pipe materials. Some plastics are not recommended for pipes – like PVC.
- If the pipes are lead, they should be replaced.
- Cast iron pipes will need to be replaced more often.
- Look for small holes and rust.
Visible plumbing issues
Look for leaks in the walls, on the floors, around the toilet, under the kitchen sink. Just about anywhere you think you might find a leak.