Buying a new home is an exciting process, but discovering you need plumbing repairs as soon as you move in can make it less enjoyable. The team at Amador Plumbing in Sutter Creek, CA, wants to help you get the most out of the house hunting experience. In addition to hiring an inspector to identify major issues, they recommend performing a preliminary inspection when you first tour a property. This helps you decide whether the home is a sound investment.
Here are a few of the most common plumbing repair problems to watch for when looking at houses:
- Running Toilets: When walking through the house, pay attention to each bathroom. If you notice water damage around the toilets or hear water constantly running in the bowl or tank, you can expect to need a plumber as soon as you move in. Although running toilets are usually easy to fix by replacing the flapper in the reservoir, the issue may indicate the presence of a hidden leak. If left unaddressed, the leak can weaken the subflooring and damage other parts of the home’s interior.
- Old Water Heaters: Most water heaters need to be replaced every 10 years. If the unit installed in the home looks old or shows signs of disrepair, you might need to buy a new one shortly after finalizing the purchase. Look for rust on the tank’s exterior, and signs of leaks under and around the heater. If you see indicators of a potential problem, you may be able to negotiate with the current owners to cover the cost of a replacement water heater as part of your offer.
- Aging Sewer System: Whether the house is connected to a city sewer or running off a septic tank, you need to make sure the main sewer line is in good shape. Have a plumbing repair expert perform a visual inspection, so you know the condition of the system before buying the house. Failing or damaged sewer lines can lead to clogged drains, sewage backup, and water damage throughout the house.
Working with an experienced real estate agent helps you find the house of your dreams, but only a plumbing repair professional can help you determine whether it’s fit to become your home. Visit Amador Plumbing online to learn about their inspection services and call (209) 223-2204 to schedule an appointment with an experienced plumber.