Avoid plumbing problems
We should not overlook what happens in hidden places in the house, such as poor plumbing or water leaks. The repair of these problems can be expensive, and the new owner will have to pay more than he thought. Do not ignore those types of questions saying: “This will not happen to me.” Yes it can happen to you, do not forget it. According to the Root-Rooter plumbing and drainage services firm, a recent study revealed that 44 percent of people call a plumber in the first year of buying a new home.
Avoid sinking up to your neck in unnecessary expenses concerning your new acquisition, following these tips when inspecting a potential home:
Toilets: Inspect the base for signs of damage caused by water. Check if there is sinking in the ground by standing on top of the toilet and
Swinging on both feet. If you feel that the ground is spongy, it has been damaged by water. Also check how quickly it drains, or if there is reflux in the cup.
Bathtubs: Check the existence of loose or leaky slabs. Press the point where the walls meet the bathtub. If they are soft, the water will have caused damage behind the slabs or tiles.
Plumbing: Open the faucets of the bathtub and the sink. If there is no consistent water flow, the pipes must be replaced. Examine the ceiling. If you seem to finish painting or see water spots, there may be leaks. If the house has a basement, inspect the exposed pipes for leak detection, weathering, and recent repairs. Do not forget to examine the taps outside and their respective facilities to detect damage.
Water heater: Make sure the heater has not been installed for more than 15 years (The first four digits of the serial number correspond to the month and year of manufacture). If it discharges into the chimney, make sure it has a coating, which will indicate a metal lining that comes out of the top of the chimney.
Kitchen: The garbage disposal and dishwasher connection should work properly. Use a flashlight to detect if cabinets are damaged by water.
Laundry room: Check the hoses of the washing machine to detect any rupture, and open the taps to check for leaks