Buying a new home is one of the largest financial investments most people will make, so it’s important to ensure the plumbing is in top-shape before you cash in on the keys. Nobody wants to experience a plumbing nightmare right after they move in, so our San Luis Obispo plumbing pros are here to give you a checklist of things to look out for when buying a new home on the Central Coast.
Although it might seem silly at the time, flushing every toilet in your dream home is a great way to make sure that they are running properly with no clogging, backflow, or low pressure.
Ask the realtor or homeowner as much as you can about the pipes. How old are they? Are they copper, plastic, galvanized? This will help you determine if a pipe replacement is in your near future. For example, galvanized pipes typically need to be replaced after about 30 years.
✔ Water Flow
Just like you need to flush every toilet, turn on all faucets and shower heads to ensure they flow. This will help you check for alarming signs like rust colored water, or a slow flow. These are indicators water lines need work. Also note how well the drains work and if there is any clogging!
✔ Water Heater
One of the most important inspections you must make is the water heater. Check its manufacturing date, and also look for signs of wear and tear. Small leaks and puddles around the heater, along with loud noises and cracks are signs the water heater isn’t functioning properly, and might require expensive repairs or a replacement.
Finally, if the home has a basement or garage, inspect it! Check all the nooks and crannies for mold and water damage, and also watch out for broken pipes or wires. These spaces are often overlooked and can say a lot about the condition of the home’s plumbing.
Know that our San Luis Obispo plumbers are more than happy to help you with real estate inspections. Our pro’s can identify issues big and small, and help you gauge how much repair your new space might require. We even offer regular maintenance plans to keep your pipes in excellent condition throughout the years in your new home. Give one of our professionals a call at (805) 934-1949.