Plumbing problems in Albuquerque
When you are looking to buy a home there are a lot of things that you need to consider. For example, one of the things that you want to take a look at is the plumbing in a home. However, the question that everyone has is how to do that. How do you identify plumbing problems in Albuquerque homes when you are looking? Here are some tips that you can use to find out as much as you can about the plumbing in a home before making a purchase.
- Consider having a thermographic picture taken of the home. This will give you some idea if there are any problems inside the walls that are not easily detected yet.
- Look for signs of water damage in walls and ceilings.
- Look for signs of water or water damage under the sinks in the home.
- Look for signs of water damage around tub, toilets and showers.
- Do not easily dismiss a mildew smell. There are many causes for it, but plumbing problems are one of those things, so make sure you find out before dismissing the smell as nothing to worry about.
- Turn on the faucets. Fill the tubs and the sinks with enough water to then see if the drains work quickly when you open the drain.
- Keep in mind that if it is an older home there is higher risks of problems. In addition, the pipes may be made of iron or lead. Iron pipes eventually run once the galvanized coating wears off. And lead pipes present a health hazard that should not be overlooked.
- Consider hiring a plumber to inspect the sewer pipe with a fiber optic camera snake. Sewers in the past were made from clay, concrete and even a tar paper type of material called Orangeburg. All of these materials are at the end of their lifespan and could potentially cost you upwards of $10,000 to replace. Roto-Rooter provides this service for as little as $150-$200. No, that’s not cheap but a small price to pay compared to replacing a sewer pipe.
If you find any plumbing problems in Albuquerque homes as you inspect them, don’t be afraid to include potential costs to repair that in any deal that you make. Do not make an offer on a home without checking for plumbing problems first and do not make an offer that does not take into account anything that needs to be repaired. As you take this approach, you will ensure that you are not stuck repairing something on your own dime that should have been taken care of by the previous owner.
For more information call your local Roto-Rooter.