Buying a new house isn’t easy. Surveying the market, meeting with real estate agents, finding the right price—it’s a whole process. And what makes it even more difficult is the fear of buying the wrong one.
Real estate is a huge investment—one you cannot take lightly. When so much money is on the line, you want to be sure that you’re making a sound investment. Plumbing is a huge part of that. If you buy a house with faulty plumbing, you’re essentially signing up for future plumbing disasters that will cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.
This is why we’ve come up with this checklist for you.
Sinks installed properly
Ensure that the sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms are installed properly, and that there are no leakages.
Any leakages could lead to water damage in the future.
Check for P-Traps
Make sure all the fixtures have P-traps. P-traps play an important part in keeping away sewage smells by maintaining the pipes’ water level.
You will find them at the bottom of most sinks. And for toilets, they are usually built in.
Hot Water Tank Maintenance
If you’re buying a new house, check if the hot water tank is due for replacement. Most hot water tanks need to be replaced every 10 years. This could cost you anywhere between $400 to $1,000.
Leaky faucets are an emergency. Not only does it cost money to repair them, but they also start affecting other things, like your water bill, for instance. They could also, over time, corrode other fixtures.
While you’re investing in a house, also invest in a water leak detector. This is a small gadget that you can find in your local hardware store. When placed on a wall, it will indicate if there is a hidden leak.
Other ways to detect leaks include looking for discoloration on the wall, peeling paint or wallpaper or musty smells.
Whether you’ve already bought a new house and are unsure about its plumbing or if you’re still trying to decide—get us on board.
If you’re in Maryland, from inspections to repairs, let us, your local plumbing company, take care of it all.