When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetics and fail to take a more in-depth look at the house’s existing problems.
Remember that pre-owned homes have been lived in and may already show signs of aging and damage. There could be problems already bubbling under the surface that aren’t visible to the naked eye. And because buying a home is a significant purchase, you’re allowed to be nosy and poke your head in every corner of the property in search for signs of problems that you shouldn’t deal with so soon after moving into a new home.
Plumbing problems are one of those things that are often most overlooked because you’re too busy marveling at design features like quartz countertops, hardwood floors, and bay windows. But if you want to save yourself the frustration of discovering all the home’s plumbing problems after you’ve bought the house, then you should identify issues that are lurking in places you can’t always see right away.
Here are common plumbing problems you should be aware of before purchasing a home:
Flush the toilets to check if they are in good condition or if they are leaking from the bottom of the tank. Listen. Does it sound like water is continuously running? If so, this could mean that the chain or flapper needs to be replaced. Does the floor surrounding the toilet feel soft? Because toilets can leak from the bottom, the floor surrounding it is probably weak due to water damage.
Brown Ceiling Stains
Look up at the ceiling of every room you enter. Brown spots on the ceiling and walls are most likely water stains. Water stains could mean that the home has either a leaky pipe or the roof has leaked.
Old Water Heater
Ask the seller or real estate agent how old the water heater is. The average lifespan of most water heaters is ten years, and if the home’s current heating system is close to that, you could be the one left with replacing it. A new water heater isn’t cheap; installing a new water heater will set you back anywhere between $1200 to $5,000 depending on the type you get.
When you’re touring the house, turn on the faucets and showers, and flush the toilets. The speed in which they drain is a good indicator of whether the drains are clogged with buildup, or there’s some type of blockage somewhere within the plumbing. Buying a home is a big deal, and you’re entitled to being critical about getting your money’s worth and avoiding having to fix too many things so soon after moving in.
If your heart is set on the house, but you’re not entirely confident in how well you can assess plumbing problems, seek the help of a professional plumber who can accompany you to the house.
Nick’s Plumbing’s highly skilled and competent technicians have completed extensive training in all areas of the home and commercial plumbing service, repairs, and installation. While you’re not in the house to make any actual repairs, Nick’s Plumbing’s technicians can assess whether or not the house has plumbing problems and how much it will eventually cost and how soon. This could either help you drive the price of the house down or allow the current homeowners to make the necessary repairs before turning over the house to you.
Nick’s Plumbing is the local, family-owned plumbing that Houston has trusted since 1979. Schedule an appointment with one of Nick’s Plumbing’s friendly technicians today: 713-868-9907