7 Must-Check Plumbing Features Before Buying Your Dream Home

When it comes to purchasing a new home, plumbing may not be the most exciting aspect to consider, but it is certainly one of the most important. To avoid costly repairs or emergency plumbing services down the road, it’s essential to ensure that the following 7 plumbing features are in good working order before making a purchase.

Main Sewer Line: The main sewer line connects your home’s plumbing system to the municipality’s sewer line. A clogged or broken main sewer line can lead to a variety of issues. During a home plumbing inspection, a camera is often used to evaluate the main sewer line for problems. Make sure this is done, and that the line is in good working order before purchasing a home, or plan to have it repaired as a contingency of the sale.

Hot Water Heaters: A typical water heater lasts about 10 years, depending on water quality, usage, maintenance, and whether it was built properly. Keep in mind that water heaters that heat the entire house have shorter lifespans than those that only provide hot water. Have your plumber or inspector examine the age of the water heaters and whether they are up to code, as well as confirm that the correct size for your household’s water usage is present.

Leaking Toilets: Toilet leaks can be inconvenient and costly. Leaks at the base of the toilet are often indicated by discoloration or warping around the base, a softness in the floor around the toilet, or movement in the floor or toilet bowl when weight is placed on it. If you suspect a leak, call a plumber to inspect and make necessary repairs.

Sink and Faucet Inconsistencies: Slow or continuous dripping from faucets, slow draining sinks, showers or tubs, quickly running out of hot water, or water with a brownish hue are all signs that your plumbing requires repair. Even if you’re not planning on selling your property, these issues should warrant a home plumbing inspection.

Water Pressure Issues: Sudden changes or consistently low or high water pressure in faucets or showers warrant a home plumbing inspection.

Drainage: Ensure that water drains properly from your home. Check if there are any signs of water damage, such as discoloration or mold, in the basement or crawl space.

Plumbing Age: Consider the age of the home’s plumbing system, as older systems may need to be replaced soon.

By ensuring that these 7 critical features are in good working order, you can avoid costly repairs and ensure that your home’s plumbing is in top shape. If you have any concerns about your home’s plumbing, don’t hesitate to contact a professional plumber for an inspection and necessary repairs. J Griffin Heating and Plumbing is always happy to help you with any questions you may have about your home’s plumbing.