Summer is the busiest time of the year for first time home buyers, so make sure you take all precautions before purchasing a new home. Plumbing can be a huge disaster if not taken into account when buying a home, you could get stuck with a huge bill. In fact, roughly 40% of new home buyers call a plumber within the first month.
Things to look for when purchasing a home:
1. Water Heater – Check the date on the water heater, any heater over 15 years should be replaced. Rust is also a red flag that the water heater needs to be replaced.
2. Bathroom – Examine the base of the toilet for leakage or soft, spongy flooring. This could be a sign of rotten baseboards. Also check to see if there is any leakage or rust around the faucets and shower valve.
3. Kitchen – Check the garbage disposal and pipes under sink for leaks or water damage.
4. If the house has a basement, check for pipes that may be leaking or any standing water. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and mosquitoes.
These tips could save you lots of money and stress in purchasing a new house. Some people have a licensed plumber look over things to be absolutely sure they are not being cheated, we are happy to assist in any way. Give us a call today.