I noticed that homes are flying off the shelves in the U.S and Canadian cities. Homebuyers are paying over the asking prices, and houses for sale can be gone in less than a week. That means to me that in all the excitement of bidding on a house, as RealtyBiz writes, “It is easy to overlook plumbing problems when the desire to buy is strong. Have you missed plumbing problems?
There are many plumbing flaws you will have no problem fixing, but others are pretty serious and can bring in enormous financial difficulties. It is always a good idea to work with a plumbing company to inspect the property before buying it.” Here is where to look for plumbing problems when buying a house.
Dripping Faucets – It may not seem like much, but if your faucet dripped once every second every day, all day, it would only take four and a half hours to reach one gallon. Every day you would waste 5 gallons of water or 2,082 gallons per year. It is an easy fix: turn off the water under the sink and replace the wash in the valves. Once in a while, you will come across an all-in-one unit that requires replacing the whole faucet. I just had that happen to me.
Aging Water Heaters – It is not cheap to replace water heaters. They can cost thousands of dollars. Before you buy the home, be sure to check the condition of the hot water tank. Remember that water heaters usually last around ten years. Professionals can tell you the age of the water heater based on serial and model numbers. However, if you are used to inspecting a house, you can also spot dampness, corrosion, and other signs of trouble on and around the tank that signal the water heater nearing its last years.
Overflowing Toilet – This problem is hard to miss. Since there is nothing pleasant about this job, you are better off calling the plumber, but you can start by turning off the shut-off valve underneath the toilet seat. This will stop the flowing water. Then, replace the old flush valve that is connected to the waterline and adjust the float accordingly. Leaks can also appear when toilets do not properly drain. The bottom of the tank leaks is much more common than you might think.
Leaking toilets can lead to more severe problems. For instance, floor rot may be present, and while you might not see it immediately, it can be a costly and time-consuming repair.
Leaky Pipes – While we see many leaking pipes during the cold winter months, it’s also very common year-round! Most pipes will begin to leak near the joints, so keep an eye out for wet spots on the ground or ceiling. Once again, water damage to your home can be quite costly, so leaky pipes are a necessity to fix right away.
Old Sewage Systems – As you evaluate the plumbing situation, you need to understand the sewage system type present fully. Professional plumbers can provide video inspections of sewage lines. Sewage should run to the county’s or city system’s main-line. We have found through inspection that the sewer line is not connected at all or tree roots have blocked the flow,
When there is a septic system in the home, see where the location of its tank is. You have to check the area for seepage, unpleasant smells, and water, all warning signs of potential plumbing trouble.
Sump Pump Failure – A prolonged period of heavy rain can cause your sump pump to fail. Protect your home and belongings with these sump pump tips.
Calling a professional plumbing company to evaluate the property can provide you with information and peace of mind. If you lack the time, we hope these tips will help you make the right decision on whether to purchase the property.
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