Buying a home can be stressful and costly. The last thing you need to worry about is an unexpected plumbing issue. In order to prevent this from happening we have put together a list of tests to make sure the plumbing situation in your prospective home is not going to cause you any problems.
1. Do the toilets clog easily? Go around to each bathroom and simply flush the toilets. If they struggle, have low water pressure, or start to clog there are problems that should be looked into further. If the toilets’ flush normally you are in the clear!
2. Size does matter! In order to achieve the correct amount of water pressure in your home the size of the pipes used makes a difference. You will want to make sure that the pipes from the water source to your home are at least ¾”. From your home to your faucets the pipes should be a minimum of ½” wide.
3. Too little pressure? Your showers are an ideal way to find out if you don’t have enough water pressure in your home. Before buying be sure to turn on all showers to check the pressure.
4. Don’t get heated! The water heater in the home you are looking to buy should be clean and properly serviced. Be sure to ask when it was serviced last, how old it is, and if it is too old don’t be afraid to ask them to replace it. A corroded and old water heater is the last thing you want in your home.
5. Get the lead out! The CDC says that 1 in 6 kids have an alarming amount of lead in their blood. Ask whether or not the home you are looking at has lead pipes, especially if you have children.
6. Down and dirty? Be sure to check all of the crawl spaces and the basement for water damage, leaky pipes, or inadequate repairs. If these problems are caught early on they can be properly handled or it might deter you from the home entirely.
This simple checklist can prevent many home nightmares for the buyer. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion on the plumbing either! Steinhorst Plumbing would be more than willing to help you look for any plumbing issues. Please give us a call at (703) 256 – 2421 if you should have any questions, comments, or concerns.