Buying a new home is by far one of the biggest investments you will make in a lifetime. Whether it is your first time buying a home, buying a home because of a job relocation or you are purchasing your forever home, it is important to ensure that you have an awareness about your new home and all that you may be stepping into. A home inspection helps homeowners to have an overall assessment of the condition of their potential new home. As part of your home inspection, a plumbing checklist affords you all the insight you need regarding your soon to be new home’s plumbing system status.
WHAT THEY LOOK FOR
Certified home inspectors take adequate time to view and assess an entire home. They may not always find every problem or every tiny concern, but they are sure to find and identify the majority of important issues during their home inspection. Home inspectors will always check out the water pressure in the home ensuring that both the cold and hot water supply lines are operating properly. They will ensure that the water lines are hooked properly to sinks and fixtures. They will also flush all the toilets to ensure that they are flushing and working properly. However, it is very difficult for a home inspector to entirely inspect, assess and view a home’s complete plumbing system. With that said, the team here at Steve Mull Plumbing highly recommend that you put a home plumbing checklist in place when buying your next home.
YOUR HOME PLUMBING CHECKLIST
In determining and assessing the condition of a home’s plumbing system, you can perform a visual inspection of your own. It is important to look well past the cosmetic presence. Properly assessing an entire plumbing system can be somewhat of a challenge, however, which is why we highly recommend putting your trust in the hands of our dedicated plumbing team.
- One of the first things we will look for is whether or not the pipes in the home contain any lead. Lead, as we all know, is an environmental hazard. Our team will test the water for lead and, in much older homes, look to see if they have galvanized plumbing.
- Next, it is important to know where the water meter is. We will help you locate the meter and confirm that the shutoff valve to the water supply is not damaged but is in proper working order.
- Our team will also assess the water heater and determine whether or not it is in good working order. A water heater provides all the necessary hot water to the home. Depending upon the size of your family, we will help determine if the gallon tank on the water heater will satisfy the needs of your whole family.
- We will move on to determine whether or not the plumbing pipes are properly insulated. Pipes that freeze can certainly cause a great deal of damage, so it is imperative that the plumbing pipes are all wrapped and insulated properly.
- Yet another task our team will perform is that of determining whether or not there has been any damage from leaking pipes. We will inspect floor areas around fixtures, sinks and toilets to see if there are any current leaks as well.
- Finally, our team of specialists will determine if the home is connected to a septic system or a municipal sewer line. If the home is hooked to a septic system, it is important to locate the system and find out when it was last serviced and emptied out. If any type of odor or leak is detected it is important to have the previous homeowner address the issue and resolve it before you sign any documents to buy the home. This can ultimately turn into a very costly problem.
THE TEAM YOU CAN ALWAYS RELY ON
Here at Steve Mull Plumbing our team of highly skilled and certified plumbers are committed to providing all our valued clients with the highest quality products and services this side of Lebanon. If you are getting ready to purchase a home and you want to know the state and condition of the plumbing system, let the pros here at Steve Mull Plumbing help. We have all the experience, know-how, tools and resources needed to perform a thorough inspection for you. Simply give a shout out to one of our team members today to put your plumbing checklist in order and to ensure that your soon to be new home will truly turn out to be the dream home you want it to be.