Welcome back! In part one of this two-part series, our Dallas plumber discussed a few potential plumbing problems you should be aware of when you are looking to purchase a new home including the hot water heater, the sewage system, and the grade of the yard. Here, we will wrap up our discussion with a few more potential problems to be aware of.
Lead pipes were used in older homes to construct the plumbing system. However, lead pipes are a major hazard to the environment and to the health of the inhabitants of the home. Lead can, and eventually will, corrode and cause health and plumbing issues. If the home was built prior to 2000, there is a chance that the plumbing system includes lead and should be replaced. If the home does have lead pipes, you can request to have them replaced before the purchase or negotiate the price of the home to offset the cost of updating the plumbing system.
Clogged Pipes or Drains
While a clogged drain or toilet may appear to be an easy fix — and may very well be — a clog on inspection of a home that is ready to purchase can indicate a few things. If could be a simple clog that was overlooked or not addressed, or it could indicate a much bigger problem. It an appliance or sink is stained, it may be a sign that the clog is normally present and a persistent issue. Clogged pipes and drains can seem insignificant but may be hiding the real problem. If your plumbing system is clogged or leaking, it can cause water damage to the floor or subfloor around the plumbing structure, which can be very costly to fix. It is a good idea to have a plumber check out your potential new home’s plumbing system to ensure it is performing optimally.
Wall and Ceiling Stains
Take a close look at the walls and ceilings of your potential new home, looking for dark spots or stains. Brown spots or stains on walls and ceilings indicate exposure to water. This can be from a previous flood from a broken appliance, or it can be indicative of a leaky pipe or other severe plumbing problems. A fresh coat of paint can cover these unsightly brown stains, so it is important to note if you do notice stains or texture that looks off. Investigate the source of the stain to ensure that it is old and the problem has been resolved.
Purchasing a home is also one of the largest financial investments you will make; it is important to make sure the investment is sound and you are getting your money’s worth. It is much better to identify plumbing problems before you close on your new home so that you can make the decision to have the problems fixed, negotiate a better price on the home, decide to just live with it, or pass on the home. If you are looking at homes to purchase in the Dallas area and want a trusted plumber to inspect the integrity of your potential new home’s plumbing system, call the expert plumbers at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing.