Purchasing a home is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, no matter if it’s your first or tenth. Purchasing a home is also one of the largest financial investments a person will make, so it is important to make sure it is worth it! When you are looking to purchase a home, there are many things to do before the closing date. The task list can be so long and daunting, it can feel like a blur. Although you will have inspections done on the home, there are other things that you should check before making a final decision. Here, we will discuss a few things that you should check or have checked, as it relates to plumbing with the house you plan to purchase.
The Water Heater
Many water heaters are relatively low maintenance, so they are often overlooked until there is a problem with them. Make sure to do an inspection to make sure that the hot water heater is in good working condition. Check for water or water stains around the water heater, which could indicate a leak. Check for rust on, in, and around the water heater. Rust and corrosion can be an indication of a leak or that the hot water heater is nearing the end of its life. A typical water heater can be expected to last roughly 10 years, maybe longer if it is a new model. If the water heater in your new home is nearing the 10 year mark, you may want to consider negotiating the price of the home to offset the cost of a new water heater.
Status of the Sewage System
One of the biggest elements and most important parts of a home’s plumbing system is the sewage system. The sewage system is responsible for removing waste from the house and disposing of it properly. If the home has an outdated or malfunctioning sewer system, it could quickly cause a nasty mess, something no new homeowner wants! Have the septic system inspected thoroughly and check the space around the septic system for seepage or unpleasant smells which could indicate a leak. Calling a plumber to do an inspection of the main sewer line is the best way to get a full diagnosis on the sewage system status.
Grade or Slope of the Yard
Although the grade or slope of the land will be listed in the plat map, it is important to ensure that the slope does not cause water to drain back toward the house. If water is draining back toward the house it could lead to leaking in the crawlspace or basement. Water settling near or in the house can cause foundation movement, cracking, or settling of the ground that supports the house. Water collection on or in the home can cause the foundation to rot or leak and the home’s frame to to mold. You can hire a professional plumber to check for slab or foundation leaks.
If you are looking to purchase a home in the Dallas area and would like a trusted, expert plumber to check the soundness of your potential new home’s plumbing system, call the expert plumbers at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing. Stay tuned for our next installment where we will discuss a few more plumbing problems new homeowners should look out for.