How to do an Initial Plumbing Check when Looking at a New Home

Buying a home is a major life milestone, as well as a multi-year commitment. A critical part of the home buying process is inspections, as they keep bad surprises at a minimum. A home’s plumbing system is included in these inspections.

As a buyer, it helps to know how to do an initial plumbing check when looking at a new home.

1. Examine the color, smell, and flow of the water coming out of the tap

You can easily gauge how sound the plumbing is by turning on the tap. If the water contains sediment, there may be issues with the municipal water supply. The local government can fix it. It can also be due to a burst pipe that needs replacement.

If the water emits a foul odor, it’s a red flag. Particularly if it smells like rotten eggs. A damaged sewer pipe is more likely the culprit, and it can get expensive to repair.

If the water flow isn’t steady and smooth, you might be dealing with broken or damaged pipes.

2. Check if the water drains fast and smoothly.

Gurgling sounds and foul odor coming from the drains indicate a potential issue with drain pipes.

Observe if water backs up to the sink, shower, or bathtub. If you’re dealing with a clogged drain, it has to get fixed immediately. Otherwise, you risk getting dirty water and harmful bacteria into the home.

3. Examine the toilet for leaks.

Does the toilet make strange sounds? Are there stains around it?

If you notice a damp area on the floor around the bottom of the toilet or smell sewer gas, the toilet might be leaking underneath.

4. Look at the pipes under the kitchen sink or in the basement.

Damaged or corroded pipes need to be replaced. Any discoloration on the pipes may indicate dampness due to a leak.

5. Assess the ceilings and walls for signs of water damage.

Look up the ceiling and watch out for brown or yellow water circles, an obvious sign of water damage. You may also notice cracked or bubbling paint or wallpaper, odors indicative of mold and mildew, and bulging drywall.

Watch out for extra lush/green patches of grass in the yard.

When there’s leakage underground due to sewer pipe damage, the surrounding grass gets extra nutrients. You’ll notice the extra lush and green patches of grass in the yard.

If the lawn is soggy or swamp-like, there may be damaged sewer pipes under the affected area.

Contact us for a full plumbing inspection before you move in

Everyone has priorities when looking for a new home, but plumbing – good plumbing- is non-negotiable.

Let’s make sure your new home is in the best condition to avoid unnecessary expenses down the road. Our licensed, experienced plumber knows exactly what to look for when carrying out an inspection, leaving no stone unturned. If there are fixtures that need to be upgraded or repaired, you can count on us to provide a reliable service.

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