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An informed buyer will check out the specs when buying a computer. When they’re purchasing a car, the exterior and interior aren’t the only ones that matter. They’ll check out what’s under the hood, too. It isn’t any different for homebuyers. Future property owners should check the plumbing system of their eyed property. Buying a house is a significant investment, and it’s only wise to have a household plumbing inspection checklist before buying into a major plumbing system failure. Although people would say a home is an asset, it can turn into a liability once you incur expenses through its maintenance and upkeep. And especially if there’s a plumbing problem you weren’t aware of. Can you imagine low water pressure, clogged p trap and water drains, a gurgling sound in the bathtub, the water heater producing only cold water supply either gas water heaters or electric, water drips in the garden tap, and water leaks somewhere in the house no one knows the exact correct location? And these are just some of the issues you can face with your plumbing systems. There are far worse problems you can encounter and not be able to visually inspect like in your sewer system.
If you want to get your money’s worth, check out the house’s features, especially its plumbing system— the sewer and drainage lines, your cold water inlet pipe in your water heater, hot water exit pipe, and other plumbing fixtures.
Try to get as much information as you can about the sewer lines and water drainage systems, if it has an under floor drainage system, if it’s a tank system or if there’s a broken sewer pipe you should know about; ask too if the previous owner cleaned the kitchen sink drain regularly; check the vent pipes; learn more about the water supply and water pressure in the neighbourhood – perform a water piping pressure test; if appliances like the garbage disposal or water dispenser go with the house, check the washing machine and such; check the shutoff valves of the hot water system or water heater to see if it’s still working or are there only cold water available? Know as soon as possible if you’ll be dealing with some plumbing problems.
It’s better to know now about possible water damage and other plumbing issues. Issues spotted early on can save you a lot of time and money. After all, plumbing is one of the costly systems to install, repair, and maintain in your home. Take your time checking stuff, as potential buyers, you have the right. Check the toilet base if there are signs of water leaks, see if the wax ring needs replacement; ensure the waste outlet is in its correct location; ask if there is pipe damage and see if all pipe insulation is in place; are all the drains clear? These are some things you have to keep in mind about the plumbing system to make sure you won’t be faced with a bigger problem once you’ve bought the house. Save time and money on your plumbing system in the best way possible with the right questions.
Don’t run into unexpected plumbing problems when buying a new home, have a plumbing inspection checklist for home buyers prepared and professionally serviced. Check out this handy plumbing checklist infographic below created by expert plumbers from the Gold Coast Plumbing Company.
For most people, buying a house will be the biggest purchase they will ever make. It’s stressful and is easy to miss some important things when inspecting, what could be, your new home. That last thing you need is unexpected plumbing expenses to make the enjoyment of buying a new home come crashing down.
340 Litres PER PERSON/PER DAY
While the exact number varies from area to area and season to season, the average daily water usage is around 340 litres per person or 900 litres per household.
MORE THAN 25% of the average daily water used comes from ﬂushing the toilet
AROUND 14% is caused by leaking pipes
A lot of the time, even someone with no plumbing experience can identify potential problems with a home plumbing system. You need to know what to look for.
Flush every toilet in the house. While it is ﬂushing, ensure that it drains properly and has no visible leakage. If you have the opportunity, you can also remove the top of the cistern to see whether the inner working appears in good condition.
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Find the home hot water system and look it over for signs of corrosion. Using the outlet on the side, run some water and ensure that hot water comes out. If possible, ask the house’s current owner when the hot water system was last serviced.
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Run all showers to ensure that they have adequate water pressure. Low pressure can be a good indicator of a more significant issue, such as an unseen leak or clog. While you are there, ensure that all water drains freely and that no water is leaking from the ﬁxtures.
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It’s not a pleasant job, but it is essential to get underneath the house to check for signs of leaks or water damage. Since most of a house’s plumbing is located underneath the house, doing this will allow you to catch any plumbing issues that you might have missed in your initial inspections.
Size does matter! OK, maybe not length, but deﬁnitely girth. Check that your prospective new home has pipes of the correct size installed. If the pipes are too small, the water pressure will be lower and could increase the potential for damage in the future. In most cases, you will want the pipes to be 3/4” from the water source to the home and 1/2” or larger from sinks and taps.
Check for obvious signs of overﬂowing water at overﬂow relief gullies, surcharging or gurgling and smells from the drains, which would indicate a potential blockage or problem with drain pipes.
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Moving to a new house is not easy. But with our plumbing services, we can take care of your plumbing systems and plumbing needs while you focus on other important aspects of your life. Leave to us your graded plumbing inspection checklist and We’ll take care of any major problems concerning your plumbing systems such as the water supply, your hot water systems or water heater and shutoff valves, walls and ceilings for unnoticed signs of a water leak, and more . If you need repair or fix a poor installation of new hot water systems, unblock clogged pipes, gas fitting and more; rely only on the highly recommended professional plumber. Reach out to us! We can also perform regular plumbing inspections. Our plumbing inspections include your sewer line, septic tank system, bathroom and kitchen sink drain or drainage system, water heater, water lines, weak water pressure and water flow, loose fittings and your overall plumbing systems and drain connections; you can rely on us to help you see and fix what’s beyond the visible signs.
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