Looking to buy a home? Get the plumbing inspected before you do!
After months of saving and house hunting, you've finally found the house of your dreams. The house is intact and everything looks exactly how you hoped it would look. However, what about the plumbing? How do you know if everything is as it should be? Learn about the importance of a plumbing inspection prior to buying your home and what problems it can detect.
Many times when you look at a house, the plumbing is shut off, particularly if the house is unoccupied. What happens if a faucet or fixture starts leaking as soon as it’s turned on? At this point, there is very little that can be done except pay for the repairs yourself. A plumbing inspection will detect leaks.
Hot Water Heater
Few things are as refreshing and relaxing as taking a hot bath before bed or taking a quick shower in the morning. Few things can also be as frustrating as finding out your hot water heater will only provide you with hot water some of the time. A plumbing inspection can give you important information on the hot water heater such as:
- If the heater functioning properly
- How good the water pressure is
- Type of drainage
- Any possible leaks
The most unfortunate thing about plumbing problems, at least the costly kind, is that they are seldom are on the surface. They often involve pipes that are out of sight and hidden. Fixing the problem may require walls being torn down or moved. A professional plumber can usually detect problems and estimate what repairs are needs so there will be no surprises after the sale.
Septic System or Private Well
If you’re purchasing a home in a rural area, you’ll probably have a septic system and a private well for your waste and water. The benefit is that you won’t be paying a huge water bill. The downside is that if there are any problems with the septic system or well, they usually require digging and a huge expense. A plumbing inspection can detect problems so you know if they’re little problems that can be easily remedied or huge problems that require professionals spending hours digging and replacing parts.
Not enough can be said about preventative maintenance. Little problems typically mean small expenses while big problems equate to big expenses. A plumbing inspection can usually detect small problems so they can be fixed before they become big problems. Regardless of how much extra time or money you may think a plumbing inspection will involve, it’s time and money well spent.
Looking to buy a home in the Tacoma area? Call All Purpose Plumbing at (253) 473-5100 and get the plumbing inspected before you do!