When you move into a new home, one of the most important things to check is the plumbing system. Poorly maintained plumbing can cause major headaches and expense down the road, so it’s important to inspect thoroughly before committing to living in a property. Here are some tips for what to look out for when checking the plumbing in your new home.
Visually inspect all pipes and fixtures for any signs of leaks, rust, or corrosion. Check the supply lines to sinks and toilets as well as any exposed plumbing in the basement and attic. Pay particular attention to any connections with rubber hoses, which may need to be replaced more frequently than metal pipes due to age and wear. Rubber connections that need to be replaced may also be an indication that the pipes need further inspection.
Test all faucets and showers to make sure they are working properly. Check for any leaks, as well as any signs of weak water pressure or low temperatures. When testing all faucets in the home, allow them to run for a few minutes each. Check water clarity and Ph balance as well. Poor levels in the water could indicate unseen issues in the pipes.
Checking certain aspects of your plumbing system may seem redundant but can save you money and time later on. Run the garbage disposal, if there is one in your home, to check that it’s functioning correctly. If you have a septic tank, make sure to ask the previous owner when it was last serviced. If there is an outdoor spigot, check to make sure it’s been properly winterized. Often these things go unchecked before moving in and can cause issues for new home owners.
Look for any signs of mold or mildew in the bathroom and kitchen, which could be a sign of leaking pipes or poor ventilation. Check any basement or crawl spaces for mold or mildew as well. This could indicate a more serious issue of the overall plumbing in the home, that has gone unseen or unchecked for too long. Mold issues can cause severe health issues, and should be addressed immediately.
Consult a Professional
Having a full analysis done on the home is always the best way to go, but if you decide against it, have a professional plumber inspect the water heater to make sure it is in good working order and won’t need to be replaced anytime soon. Water heaters can be pricey and making sure your new home has one in good condition ahead of moving in is going to give you peace of mind that you will not have to make any large fixes or replacements any time soon.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your new home’s plumbing system is running smoothly and won’t cause any unexpected problems down the road. With a little bit of effort, you can help protect your home and your wallet from the potential costs of poorly maintained plumbing. Happy house hunting!