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3 Plumbing Problems to Identify Before Buying a Home

Are you currently in the market for a new home? Or maybe a new home might be in your five-year plan?

When buying a home (no matter if it’s the first or fifth time), there are a TON of things you need to research, look for, and remember when you get to the house-touring process.

One of the many things that need to be on your list is...

checking a new home for plumbing problems

Identifying Possible Plumbing Problems

1) An Old Water Heater

The average water heater will last for roughly 10 years (depending on the level of maintenance you provide it). Ask the owner or real estate agent to show you where the water heater is located, so you can visually inspect it.

Ask how old the water heater is. And while the owner/realtor explains, look for any leaks, corrosion, rust, and see if there’s a lack of hot water when you turn the faucets on.

The last thing you want to do is replace the water heater in the same year you bought the house.

2) Toilet Leaks

Go into each of the bathrooms and flush the toilets.

This might sound weird to do while you’re in the middle of a house tour, but doing so will alert you if there are any leaky or running toilets. If you hear the toilet running for longer than it should — start to ask questions and inspect the toilet further.

Keep an eye out for discoloration on the floor, check to see if the bowl itself moves, and maybe even take the lid off of the tank when you flush it.

(This last part will help you figure out if the toilet needs a new flapper or if something more is wrong.)

3) Clogged Drains

Even though the owner/realtor is probably thinking you’re crazy for flushing all of the toilets, go ahead and start running all of the sinks’ faucets.

(Just bear with us — we swear this will help you learn about the house!)

Pay attention to how fast (or slow) the water is draining. If the water is draining slowly and water begins to back up in the sink, the plumbing could have a clog. This can be caused by a buildup of hair, grease/oil, or mineral deposits (if you have hard water).

Clogs can eventually lead to leaks and serious sewer main problems, so it’s important to know if clogs are a frequently occurring thing when buying a new home.

The last thing you want is to pay plumbing bills for repairs and replacements within weeks of moving into a brand new home.

Whether you’re looking to repair your plumbing in your current home (before you sell) or the brand new home you just moved into, make sure you keep our number on file and our website bookmarked!