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Checking The Plumbing Before You Buy a New Home
Buying a new home is a major investment, so you need to check that you are spending your money wisely. You need to be sure that the property is stable and that it is not going to cost you a fortune to get repaired. In order for this to happen, you need to inspect the property. Part of this inspection should be to check the plumbing, and make sure it is in good order.
You can of course get professional help in doing this; click here for more information. If you don’t want to seek professional advice straight away, here are some of the considerations you should be aware of, when it comes to inspecting the plumbing of a home you may be purchasing.
Checking for lead pipes
Depending on the age of the property you are buying, you may have to check for the presence of lead pipes. This is a problem in older properties, as lead pipes are not used in modern constructions. The problem with lead is that it’s toxic, so obviously it’s not a substance you want in the pipes of your home. If there are any lead pipes in the property you are looking to buy, you need to factor in the cost of getting them replaced should you decide to purchase.
Does the shut off valve work?
It’s a good idea to check if the water shut off valve for the property is working correctly. Of course, it can be replaced, but you need to be aware if there is an issue. All you have to do is switch the water off completely, using the valve. Then you just turn on the taps in the property, and if any water comes out you know that the valve is not working efficiently.
Checking for sewage issues
Sewage problems are not just expensive; they can also be really disgusting. You do not want to be stuck with sewage issues in your new home. Always make sure you ask about the sewage system of the property. You need to know if there is a septic tank and where it is, as well as knowing if it has been well maintained. It’s a good idea to ask to see where the septic tank is, so that you can check for any smells or standing water. If there are problems with the sewage system of the property then getting them fixed could be very costly. That is why you need to be aware of them before you sign any contracts.
These are some of the major plumbing checks you should do before purchasing a property; but they are not the only ones. It’s important to go around the entire property switching taps on and off, and flushing toilets, to make sure everything is working as it should. As you go around, you should also keep an eye on the pipework and check for any signs of leaks. All of these checks are really important if you do not want to be stuck paying any unexpected costs once the deal is done.
Did you check your plumbing prior to purchasing your home? What sort of checks do you think are necessary before buying a home?