Purchasing a new home is an exciting time in your life. Whether it is your first time or a new investment towards your dream home, you must check several factors to ensure you make an intelligent acquisition. One of the essential factors is checking the plumbing. Being proactive and knowing if everything functions correctly will save you from costly repairs after the sale. Here are some simple ways to check to ensure the water to your potential new home is running efficiently.
Inspect Drain and Water Lines
Walk through the home and inspect the water lines throughout the house. Look under the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms and check the pipes for any possible issues. The lines should not show signs of any leaks or discoloration. Additionally, look for signs of corrosion or poor reparations. Any of these factors can be signs of potential problems. It is also necessary to check all the drains to ensure they are clear. Run some water and check to see how fast the drain is clearing. It is an excellent way to evaluate whether there is a potential clog if it drains slowly beyond typical household drain debris.
Ask About the Age of the Water Heater
Most water heaters last approximately ten years. If the water heater is approaching the end of its life, you will need to prepare for an expensive replacement. A simple way to check is to go online and search for the make and model number. An old water heater can pose additional problems, so it is better to take action ahead to avoid potential issues.
Check the Water Pressure
While walking through your potential new home, feel free to turn on all the faucets in the house. The water pressure will help you gauge whether there are clogs further down the line or other potential issues. If the pressure is unusually high, it can damage your appliances and the water heater, adding to additional expenses.
Inquire About the Water Supply
The pipes that feed water into the house are just as important as what is happening inside. If the water supply coming into the house is through faulty supply pipes, it can lead to future problems. For instance, find out if the lines are galvanized or constructed of polybutylene. Modern plumbing will be more cost-effective in the future.
Look for Water Damage
While investigating the water supply and pressure, another critical element to look for is any sign of water damage. Check crawlspaces and the basement for noticeable stains or leaks. Check the ceilings for signs of a prior leak or faulty repairs. Another place to check is around the toilets. Look for warping around the base and make sure the toilet flushes correctly.
When purchasing a new home, it's important to ask the right questions and carefully examine the fundamental elements to maximize your investment and avoid potential issues down the road. Don't let the excitement of buying a new home cloud your judgment. Take the time to thoroughly evaluate the property. To make sure you don't miss anything, reach out to Chapel Hill Realty Group at 919-740-0884. Our expert realtors can guide you through the process and ensure you make a sound investment.