Buying a new home is a huge, confusing, and difficult process, and it’s often hard to understand what to do next, much less why to do them! In this article, we’ll give you five reasons that a plumbing inspection isn’t just ideal, but a necessity before you buy a house.
Most mortgage lenders require a plumbing inspection before the closing of escrow, but some do not. Getting a plumbing inspection allows you to make sure there are no major plumbing issues that would affect the valuation of the home before you buy it. This can help you in price negotiation, and also ensure that you don’t buy the home and wind up surprised later on when major plumbing issues arrive.
Here are the top five items that should be checked during a plumbing inspection:
1 . The Home’s Main Sewer Line
There are many reasons that a sewer line could be clogged, some of which serious, some of which not as much. Often, the previous owners are not aware of the plumbing issues in their own home! If the issues causing clogged sewer lines are serious, it may need a full or partial replacement which is a very costly plumbing repair. A full plumbing inspection includes an investigation of the main sewer line to make sure that it is running smoothly and that there are no costly issues you will have to worry about later on down the road.
2 . Pipe Leaks
Another plumbing concern is pipe leaks, which can be indicative of a host of other major plumbing problems. It can lead to mold and mildew, water damage in the home, and pipe corrosion which could need replacing. Another thing to check during the plumbing inspection in older houses is for lead pipes which are known to be harmful to children. Opting for an inspection can ensure that you are aware of any pipe issues before closing on the home.
3 . Water Heaters
If the water heater is old or in bad condition, it may also warrant a replacement—one which is very expensive. Checking this during your inspection will help you ensure your heater is running properly for the necessities your family needs. Additionally, a good plumber will check around the heater for evidence of leaks and water damage.
4 . Toilets
Another common issue discovered during these inspections is leaks at the base of the toilet. If the flooring right around the toilet is discolored or not firm, or if the toilet is not securely in place, it can mean that there is major floor damage lurking beneath. Often toilet leaks can cause major damage to flooring, and many homeowners don’t know how to take care of them and can cover them up and make the situation worse.
5 . The Water Itself
It’s also important to make sure that the water running in the home is clean and safe to use and drink. If you find that it’s discolored, there can be a few reasons for that, ranging from insignificant to major issues. For example, it could be a temporary flow of dirty water or a long term problem such as old pipes that need replacing. A licensed and experienced plumber will help uncover the cause for water discoloration.
Remember, if your home has some plumbing issues, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy the home altogether. However, you now understand what you’re getting into, and this knowledge will enable you to make better decisions during the home buying process. It will help you during negotiations and ultimately save you money by letting you know of major issues before purchasing.
SSI HVAC has been helping homeowners in Northern Virginia with HVAC and plumbing inspections for over 40 years. Call us at (703) 968-0606 or schedule a service call online to schedule a home inspection with us!