Plumbing Inspection Checklist When Buying a Home

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Buying a home can be an exciting and overwhelming experience, especially for first-timers. As you check the house’s layout, design, and location, don’t forget to assess the plumbing system.

A thorough plumbing inspection is necessary to ensure everything works as it should. This is where a qualified plumber in Carlsbad, CA, from A.M. Plumbing & Rooter, comes in handy. Keep reading as we go through the plumbing inspection checklist to use when buying a home.

Check the Water Heater

A functional water heater is essential for any home. During the inspection, check if the unit is in good working order. If it is nearing the end of its lifespan or experiencing corrosion, it may need plumbing services for a complete replacement.

Look for Water Damage

Water damage can be a costly and frustrating issue to deal with. Look for telltale signs of the problem, such as water spots on the ceiling, peeling paint, or dampness on the walls. These indicators can lead to an unwanted emergency plumbing situation when neglected for too long, so act quickly.

Check the Sewer Line

A damaged sewer line can spell trouble for a home. Not only does it cause backups, but also harms the foundation, leading to costly damage. A professional plumber will use a specialized camera to inspect the line, identify any signs of problems, and conduct plumbing repairs when necessary.

Check for Leaks

Leaky faucets, toilets, and showerheads can save a lot of water and lead to higher utility bills. A professional plumbing company like A.M. Plumbing & Rooter can help identify and repair any leaks in the system.

Inspect the Pipes

Examine the pipes to ensure they don’t have leaks or damage. If the pipes are old and made of galvanized steel, consider replacing them with copper or PVC pipes for better water flow and quality.

Test the Water Pressure

Check the water pressure in the house and ensure it’s at safe levels and consistent throughout. High water pressure can strain your plumbing system, while low water pressure could indicate clogs or leaks in the pipes.

An in-depth plumbing inspection will help you catch signs of problems and use the findings to negotiate with your real estate agent or move forward with a different option. At A.M. Plumbing & Rooter, we’ll be with you every step of the way so you can make informed decisions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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