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My husband and I just bought our first home. What are some potential plumbing problems we should be aware of that could cause issues down the road?

There could be plumbing problems within the pipes and walls of your new home that could eventually result in costly repairs. There are some things you should be aware of when it comes to new home plumbing.

You should look for plumbing issues in the obvious places. Check to make sure all the faucets and drains work properly, and that the shower has adequate water pressure. Also make sure that the toilets flush properly. In addition, the toilet bowls and sinks should be securely installed and should not move if you put a little pressure on them.

The average water heater lasts up to 10 years, depending on use. Turn on the hot water taps in your kitchen and bathrooms to confirm that the water heater works. But also check the location of the unit. It should be in the basement or in a place that offers easy cleanup if there are plumbing leaks.

You could have potential plumbing problems if there is warping, discoloration or soggy floors near the toilets or sinks. Even a small leak can cause severe structural damage over time. Another issue is clogged or slow drains, which can indicate problems with the pipes or main sewer lines.

When moving to a new home, it is also important to ask how old the plumbing system is and what type of material was used for the system.

With the various types of piping systems and conditions, you should get a whole house plumbing inspection, and possibly consider water heater maintenance service and sewer camera inspection. Roto-Rooter can inspect your new home to check for unforeseen plumbing issues.

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