Buying a home is a major commitment for anyone. And if there’s one thing that can make this already daunting decision even more difficult, it’s considering potential plumbing problems. After all, the last thing you want to do is move into your new house, only to find that the plumbing system is full of leaks and cracks, and will require extensive replacements and repairs. Keep reading to learn the top plumbing questions for potential home buyers, courtesy of All City Plumbing. And remember, you can call our skilled plumbers for all your plumbing needs.
The X3Plumbing Questions Anyone Buying a Home Should Ask
- Has the Main Sewer Line Ever Clogged? Sewer main clogs are a major issue, and can result in extensive damage to your property. Before you put a deposit down on a new home, it is essential to ask the current homeowners if the main sewer line has ever been clogged, and if so, how recently this occurred and whether it’s happened more than once. It is not uncommon for the line connecting a house to the city’s main sewer system to deteriorate or become clogged over time, leading to a back-up or collapse. This issue represents not only a major threat to your plumbing system, but a potential threat to your entire household, too, as the wastewater found in sewer lines is very toxic and contains a variety of bacteria and pathogens. Give us a call today for a sewer camera inspection if the house you’re thinking about buying has ever experienced a sewer pipe leak. Our drain and sewer experts will easily be able to tell you what condition the lines are in, and if the investment you are making is worth it.
- What Condition Is the Water Heater In? The average water heater can last ten years or more if it’s been well-maintained. However, if the water heater on your potential property is 15-years-old or older, you may not want to move in until it’s been replaced. You will also want to find out where the tank is located, does it have a history of leaking, and has it consistently performed well in the past. A malfunctioning water tank can end up damaging carpets, drywall, and hardwood, and even pose a fire hazard if it was poorly installed. Feel free to call our water heater pros at All City Plumbing to check out the unit in your new place before everyone moves in. We can inspect the condition of your current water heating system, and if necessary, offer a range of replacement options, including recirculators, thermal expansion tanks, and tankless water heaters.
- Do the Toilets or Other Appliances Leak? While few things are as devastating as a sewer line or water heater leak, the unfortunate reality is that plumbing leaks can come from almost anywhere in your system. That’s why you shouldn’t take out a mortgage until you inspect your dream home for signs of water leaks. Start with the toilet: if the area around the base looks discolored or faded at all, ask the current owners how recently that toilet has been installed, and if they have had any problems with it. From there, you should move to the area around the bathtub and/or shower, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, and even dishwasher and laundry machines to look for the same thing. The more you see that discoloration, the more strikes there are against this property. Fortunately, if you need help finding a leak, you can always call All City Plumbing. We offer cutting-edge water leak detection, so you can pinpoint any problems in your plumbing and figure out the severity of them ASAP.