Why You Should Get a Plumbing Inspection Before Buying a New Home

Why You Should Get a Plumbing Inspection Before Buying a New Home

Each year, more than 4 million homes are bought and sold. Unfortunately, the excitement of buying a wonderfully-seeming new home can quickly wear off if you discover plumbing problems that present after the sale has gone through.

In most cases, the seller will not be held liable for plumbing issues that arise after the sale has been finalized. However, if you have had a thorough plumbing inspection, you will not have to suffer the shock of a budget-busting plumbing repair or replacement you weren't expecting.

In this post, learn why you should always get a detailed plumbing inspection before you even consider signing on the dotted line for a new home purchase.

How to Choose a Plumbing Inspection Company

Happily, there are typically a wealth of inspectors eager for your business. But you want to be sure the inspection company you select has familiarity with the common types of plumbing found in your area and a solid track record with happy local clients.

Here are key elements to help you select the right plumbing inspection company

Ask for a checklist in advance of what the company will inspect so you can review it.

  • Review the company's ratings on customer review websites.
  • Read customer testimonials (and not just on the company website).
  • Learn the company history and find out how long it has been doing business in that area.
  • Ask friends and colleagues for their recommendations of a good inspection company.

Key Home Plumbing Issues to Inspect

The following issues represent some of the most common reasons why new homeowners get a nasty shock (and a hefty bill) for unexpected plumbing repairs post-sale. By ensuring the plumbing inspection company checks for each of these issues, you can feel much more confident that your prospective new home isn't concealing any plumbing issues to surprise you with later.

Check 1: Check the Hot Water Heater

checking-a-water-heaterIf you were to write out a wish list of what you most enjoy about having indoor plumbing, it might read like this: hot water, strong water pressure, clean and potable water, water on demand, quiet flushing toilets.

The first on the list is often having hot water when you want and need it. Nothing is more irritating than running the shower or bath trying to get it hot enough to step in.

If the hot water heater is old, corroded, covered in mineral deposits or too small to handle the household hot water demands, you will want to return to the seller and talk through this issue. It may result in a downward adjustment in the purchase price if the inspection finds the water heater may need to be replaced.

Check 2: Check the Toilets

flush-the-toiletEveryone has experienced just climbing into bed at night, only to have to get right up again and jiggle the handle on a running toilet. Not only is this noisy, but it also costs you money. The running is the result of a leaking toilet.

Toilets can represent the lion's share of household water use on a daily basis, and toilet leaks are perhaps the most wasteful plumbing leak on a daily basis. You want to be sure the toilets in your prospective home are all in good working order, leak-free, well maintained and efficient.

Check 3: Check the Water Quality

If the water quality in the local area where you are thinking of purchasing a home has any history of non-potability, this will be a particularly critical inspection item on your list.

discolored-waterMany homes that fall into this category have water purification and sanitization systems installed for this very reason, and especially if they have children. The kinds of toxins that can seep into the water supply - lead, copper, algae, mold - can be very dangers to human health.

So the inspection should verify that the water is safe, clear and potable and that any water purification system is in good working condition.

Check 4: Check the Sewer Main, Sump Pump, Pipes and Drains

If the sewer main, sump pump or drainage pipes spring a leak, this can create a potentially toxic situation on your property as well as conditions ripe for one of the priciest of all home repairs; mold and mildew remediation.

The inspection team should look for evidence of leaks, which can include damp patches in basements or near drainage sites, strange or strong odors, condensation in unusual places such as on walls and other signs.

Check 5: Check the Whole System for Leaks

One unique issue with inspection of a home's plumbing system is being able to see into all the areas where only the plumbing pipes can go. This means your inspection must include a leak test to figure out if there are unseen leaks that could impact your monthly water bill or cause pricey repairs later on.

You need to know if these leaks are present and the cause(s) so you know what to repair. Then you can get an appraisal and, if needed, return to the seller to renegotiate.

Check 6: Check the Water Pressure

checking-for-hot-waterAnother item on most people's "top plumbing desires" checklist is strong water pressure. It sure is nice to feel the soothing spray as you wash away the day's concerns!

If the water pressure is low, it could indicate the pipes are too small or that a leak is present. It may also indicate mineral build-up on fixtures or drain clogs. But you need to know what is causing it before you buy the house!

Check 7: Check for Clogged Drains

Finally (per check 6), it is vital that you can verify all pipes in the plumbing system are clear and clean - and that there are no clogs present.

Contact Express Plumbing Heating & Cooling for a money saving plumbing inspection in Long Beach Island, NJ. Visit us online at www.expressplumbingnj.net or call us at 609-301-0048.