So you have finally found a house that you like inside and out, and you’re thinking about closing the deal straight away. However, before you make that decision, remember that houses that you didn’t build yourself tend to hold some deep, dark secrets of their own. The house may look gorgeous, but there could be a problem lurking behind its walls or underground. I’m talking about plumbing, which is one of the most important things you need to be sure of when buying a house.
Buying a house is a major purchase, and it’s important not to lose your head just because you think the house looks perfect for you. Before closing any deal, make sure you arrange for a home plumbing inspection to make sure that you’re not inheriting a host of plumbing problems that could cost you a lot of money in the future.
When you get a plumbing professional to perform a home plumbing inspection, you can expect that he/she will check for the following:
Main sewer issues
Many homes look fine on the outside, but are actually nursing main sewers that are either close to getting totally clogged or getting damaged. A plumbing professional will check on the state of that main sewer with the use of a sewer camera. With this camera, he/she will be able to see everything from the extent of any clog to the condition of the sewer pipe itself.
If the home you’re planning to buy has leaking pipes behind its walls, a plumbing professional will surely be able to locate them during a home plumbing inspection. Leaking pipes often show signs like mildew, fungus and mould, and experienced plumbers can certainly zero in on them. Water leakage can also be detected by these plumbers by checking for rotting wood and dark, circular stains on wood panels and pieces that are located near or under pipes.
It would be good to know if the house you’re eyeing has galvanized water pipes, copper drain pipes, lead closet bends, broken pipes or just a generally inferior piping system before actually closing a deal. A plumbing professional can readily identify all these issues during a home plumbing inspection, and if the report is not all that great, you can use it for renegotiating the price.
You can check the state of a house’s toilet yourself by simply flushing it. You’ll be able to see if it flushes normally or if the flushing mechanism works. However, your plumbing professional will be able to tell if it has problems that the untrained eye can’t see, like a leak at its base. A toilet that leaks at the base can cause the sub-floor to rot.
Water heater issues
So the house you want to buy has a water heater, but is it right for your needs? Is it located where it couldn’t cause property damage? If it is, what should be done to prevent that? With the help of a plumbing professional conducting a plumbing inspection, you will be able to learn the answers to the above questions, as well as whether it’s up to current code and safely working.
There are many other aspects of a house’s plumbing that should be checked thoroughly, but these are the major ones you should look into before closing a deal. With the help of a plumbing professional, you will be able to decide whether to use any plumbing problem found as a negotiating tool or just completely abandon the purchase altogether. Either way, you will have peace of mind, which is ultimately the most important thing.
Should you need someone to do a home plumbing inspection for you, just call us at Beez Neez Plumbing, and we will send your way members of our team who specialise in such a task.