Before you seal the deal on the house you've been eyeing, it's important to do a thorough walkthrough of the plumbing systems. This will ensure that everything is up to date and running smoothly. Opting out of a home plumbing inspection is a common mistake that is often overlooked by the prospective buyer. If you aren't exactly sure what you should be looking for, contact your local Reading Roto-Rooter professional and ask for advice.
Here are five tips for your home inspection:
Run the faucets
Check to make sure of all the faucets in the home are properly running in the bathrooms, kitchen and utility sink. What you're looking for is a clear, steady stream of liquid. Discoloration in the water could mean a rusted pipe, and a tiny stream usually indicates a cracked one. This needs to be replaced before you sign off on the home.
Be sure to do a thorough inspection of every visible plumbing fixture. This includes pipes under the kitchen and bathroom sinks, in the laundry room and basement and even your outdoor sprinkler system. You should also double check to make sure the hot water heater and sump pump are functioning properly. You never know what you may find - such as a cracked pipe or even a leak. You should also flush each toilet and the disposal to make sure they are running properly.
Check for corrosion
Take a close look around your bathtub, shower, floors and sinks to ensure there is no corrosion or mold growth. These are common issues if the caulking along the bath fixtures is wearing out. Severe damage to the walls and floor will occur if this is not taken care of immediately. Additionally, mold is a serious health hazard and definitely not a warm welcome to your new home.
Locate the septic tank
It is important to get to know your septic tank, as in where it's located, the capacity it can hold and where the drain field is placed. Your septic tank is more important than you think, so if you don't know what constitutes as "good" or "needs to be replaced," contact your local Roto-Rooter professional
Avoid lead pipes
Ask your real estate agent to see a copy of the home-inspection report to see in what year the house was constructed. Typically, homes built before 1930 contain lead piping, and homes built before 1986 contain copper piping that has traces of lead in it. The report will tell you what material the pipes are made of. If you see lead, this is a major red flag!
For more questions or concerns about your future Reading home, contact your local Reading Roto-Rooter today.
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