Are you planning on moving soon? Perhaps you’re already in the process of buying a new house. Whether you are thinking about becoming a homeowner for the first time or relocating after many years in the same place, the one thing that’s always true is that this process is hard. The real estate market can be incredibly difficult to navigate, and on top of the sheer effort that comes with moving, the last thing you want is to find your dream house has plumbing issues right after you’ve started to settle in. Find out the top three ways to detect plumbing problems in your new home here, courtesy of our skilled plumbers at Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
The Top 3 Ways to Spot Plumbing Problems in Your New House:
- The Water Heater Is Old: Your water heater is an extremely important piece of equipment, and can play a big part in your day to day experience as a homeowner. Most well-maintained water heaters last 10-15 years, 20 in the case of tankless models. So if the realtor or current homeowner of your new house doesn’t know your new water heater’s age, make sure you push them to find out.It’s also a good idea to consider where the water heater is located and its overall size. Is it in a place that can ruin your carpet or hardwood? Is it likely to damage the drywall? Is it big enough to provide hot water for your whole household? If you find that the water heater in your new house isn’t in great condition, this can be an unfortunate indicator of other problems.
- The Toilet Isn’t Operating Properly: In a lot of ways, inspecting the condition of your new house’s toilets probably seems obvious. You’ll want to look at the base of the bowl to see if there is any discoloration, or if the floor seems soft and weak. These are major signs that a toilet is leaky, and – even if you don’t’ see a problem the first time you flush it - may give you problems later on. However, ensuring your toilets are operating properly is about more than just checking their physical appearance. You can have a great looking toilet that still runs constantly, or flushes improperly. Bottom line: given how important your toilets are for daily life, it’s essential to check they are working properly before you move into a new home.
- There Are Signs of a Sewage Leak Around the Property: Sewage systems usually empty at the lowest part of your property. While they aren’t a feature most people spend a lot of time thinking about, checking on them to see they are in good condition is very important. If you detect any sewage smell in your potential home, DO NOT IGNORE IT. Even if the realtor/current property owner says the issue is temporary and being fixed, you should only trust a professional plumber when it comes to sewage problems. You should also look for damp spots or particularly lush patches in the yard, as these are other common signs of sewage leaks and backups.
For more plumbing information for potential home-buyers, just call Roy’s at (716) 215-2678, or contact our professional plumbers online.