Summer is the “home buying” season. Many new homebuyers find out too late that their dream home is riddled with water leakage or a poor plumbing system. Many new owners need to call a plumber within one year of purchasing their home.
Here are some great tips to check before you buy:
- Water stains on the walls or ceiling could be a sign of leaky pipes.
- Check for leaky or loose tiles by pressing on the walls where they come in contact with the bathtub. If the walls are soft, water may have created damage behind the tiles. Leaky pipes don’t have to be expensive to fix, but if they’ve already done some damage, the repair costs could stack up.
- Check for lead pipes: Lead is an environmental hazard. Period. Homes built prior to 1998 often have lead or galvanized plumbing, so keep this in mind when considering home prospects.
- Make sure you’re on the lookout for moldy spots, as well
- If the home has a basement, check exposed piping for signs of leaking or recent repairs.
- A rusty water tank is a sign of pending problems.
- Survey the inside of cabinets (with a flashlight) for signs of water damage, warped cabinet bottom or stains. Make sure that traps and supply tubes are not leaking.
- One way to determine how the water pressure might work throughout the home is to turn on the shower farthest away from the water source. If that upstairs shower has great water pressure, it’s likely that the rest of the home does, too.
It’s a good idea to call a plumber BEFORE you buy. Call Us: (323) 559-3053