If you're in the market for a pre-existing home, take your time before you make the final decision. You don't want to end up with a home that has problems you weren't expecting.
Before you buy any pre-existing home, you need to arrange for a thorough inspection, especially of the main operating systems such as the electrical and plumbing. A detailed plumbing inspection will identify any issues that need to be addressed before you agree to the purchase. Learn about four areas of the plumbing that need to be included in the inspection.
1. Water Heater
If you plan to purchase a pre-existing home, know the condition of the water heater. You don't want to discover after the purchase that the water heater has issues. Here are four components that need to be included in the inspection.
Cold-Water Supply Valve
Water heaters should have a cold-water supply valve located somewhere near the front of the tank. The cold-water supply valve allows water to be shut off quickly in an emergency.
Pressure Relief Valve
The hot water contained in your water heater is held under pressure. If too much pressure builds up, the tank will burst. The pressure relief valve reduces the pressure inside the tank. During the inspection, have the pressure relief valve tested.
Gas Line Shutoff
If the home you're interested in is equipped with a gas water heater, the gas line shutoff valve needs to be inspected. The shutoff needs to be free-moving to ensure quick shutoff in an emergency.
Water heaters are equipped with a drain valve located on the lower portion of the tank. Your plumbing inspector can check the condition of the tank with a quick release of the drain valve. If the water is filled with sediment or rust, the water heater needs to be flushed or replaced.
2. Toilet Function
Before you purchase a pre-existing home, test toilet function. You can flush the toilet to see how well the water goes down, but that won't give you an accurate picture. For that, you need a plumbing inspection. Several components of the toilet need to be inspected.
Connection to Floor
When toilets are installed, they're secured to the floor. Over time, the seal can wear out. When that happens, you run the risk of leaks and collapse. If you can move the toilet from side to side, the connection between floor and fixture has been undermined.
Condition of Toilet Bowl
When people think of toilet leaks, they usually think of the tank and the base. However, the toilet bowl can also leak. Have the bowl inspected for cracks. Small cracks in the porcelain are an indication that the toilets need to be replaced.
Toilet leaks don't always result in visible puddles. Sometimes the leaks occur below the surface. To identify hidden toilet leaks, have the moisture level in the bathroom inspected.
3. Septic System
When you have the plumbing inspected on any home, include the septic system. Problems with a septic system can lead to costly repairs and unhealthy conditions inside the home, especially if raw sewage backs up into the tubs. Before you purchase any pre-existing home, have the septic system inspected.
4. Hidden Leaks
You should also have the plumbing inspected for hidden leaks. The home could have underground leaks or leaks that are hiding behind the walls. A plumbing inspection will identify leaks and locate the source of the problem.
Don't buy a home sight unseen. The purchase of your pre-existing home needs to begin with an inspection. Contact us today at Souza & Viviani Plumbing Co. to schedule a plumbing inspection.