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What Plumbing Things to Inspect Before Buying a Home

Plumbing inspectionWhen you are shopping for a new home in the South Shore, it is smart to have everything inspected. You can also inspect any plumbing issues yourself before you close the deal and move in if you know what to look for.

If you are planning on doing your own plumbing inspection, make an appointment with the owner or agent that is showing the home and show up prepared. Be sure you are dressed for the occasion – clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty – and don’t forget to bring a flashlight.

A good seller will not mind you taking a look around to be sure you are verifying the accuracy of the home’s state of repair (or disrepair). So once, you have set up the appointment and are prepared to do your inspection look for the following issues:

Locate the home’s water meter and be sure the shut off valve to the water supply to the home is in good working order. If the home is supplied with well water, the shut off valve should be located inside the home, probably under the kitchen sink, but could be found elsewhere.

If the home was built prior to 1986, find out if there are any lead or galvanized plumbing. Lead, no matter how useful it may seem is an environmental toxin. If you have children, you may want to avoid living in a home with lead pipes.

Determine the size of the water pipes, which will determine the water pressure you will have. For adequate water pressure, the lines should be ¾” to one inch from the main water source. The actual pipes should be at least a half inch in diameter for adequate water flow.

Always inspect the home’s hot water heater. Be sure to determine if it is large enough to accommodate the needs of your family. For a family of four, you should be looking for at least a 40 gallon tank. Look at where it is located and determine it’s age. Look closely to determine if there is any mineral buildup if possible. Corrosion of the elements of the tank can cause shorter life. If the water heater is old or obvious signs of corrosion or buildup are noticed, request a new one be installed before purchasing the home.

Determine if the home is on a septic system or municipal water system. For a septic system, find out where the septic system is located and ask the owner when the septic tank was last serviced or emptied. Look for signs of seepage or standing water and odor.

Check for drips and turn on all faucets to be sure they are working properly. For these and other plumbing inspection tips or for a professional and thorough plumbing inspection contact Pilgrim Plumbing & Heating today.

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