Buying a home can be a daunting, yet exciting adventure. At Ken Palmer Plumbing, we will try and ease that stress factor by giving you some tips on identifying problematic plumbing that will end up influencing your buying decision.
1. Check the toilets
Make sure that while touring the house, you pop into each bathroom and flush those toilets. Watch out for leaks around the base of the toilet and at the hose connection. Towards the end of your tour, you will peak under the house and see if there are any surprise puddles.
2. Big pipes mean big business
You don't want to deal with low water pressure, so check that the water supply pipes running from the water meter up until the inside of the house are at least 3/4". Once inside the house, it is OK if the pipes leading up to the fixtures (kitchen sink, bathroom sink, etc..) are at least 1/2".
3. Fixture check
Turn on all fixtures in the house (kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, showers, baths) in order to see if the water pressure stays at a constant flow.
4. Water heater Inspection
Find where the water heater is situated and inspect the element for corrosion and leaks. Find out when the water heater was last replaced and last serviced. A good water heater will last for about 12 years if routinely maintained. If the current water heater is a conventional tank type, then consider replacing it with a tankless water heater.
5. Anti Lead
Inspect the piping underneath the house and make sure that there is no lead piping. Lead is dangerous to our health and also to your bank account. Opt for copper or pex piping.
In conclusion, it is very important to go through this plumbing checklist before making that home purchase. You can call us and we will happily perform this inspection.