Before you invest in the home of your dreams, be sure to think about plumbing! Knowing the existing condition of the home’s plumbing system before you purchase will save you money and future headaches after you move in. Good thing Griffin’s Nipomo plumbing team know exactly what to look out for before you sign on the dotted line. Whether you’re looking to buy an older home or brand new, here’s what you need to know!
Outdated sewage system
Know the sewage system basics. The sewer will typically exit the home at the lowest point of the house. If the home you’re considering is in a city system, it will lead to either the street or a city main. If the sewage system has a main line, we recommend calling Griffin’s professional plumbers to conduct a video inspection to analyze its condition. Sewage lines can be clogged or damaged from nearby tree roots among other issues. Not all homes are on city systems. Others utilize a septic system that leads into a tank or field. If the home is on a septic system, find out where the tank is and examine it. Look for water, seepage, or icky smells. Those are all red flags that you need to contact a home inspector.
Water heater woes
Know where the water heater is located. They’re often located in a garage or utility closet. Most water heaters last about a decade. A professional plumber will be able to tell you how old the water heater is based on model and serial number. Warning signs that a water heater is near the end of its life are clear – dampness, corrosions, and a lack of hot water. You don’t want to ignore those signs because a damaged water heater may cause costly damage.
Know what shape the toilets are in before you buy. Homeowners all too often neglect to have leaks fixed at the base of a toilet. While leaks may initially appear minor or insignificant, over time the water will begin to rot the subfloor and cause major problems. If you spot discoloration or warping around the base of the toilet, that’s a warning sign of serious damage! Don’t wait to contact a home inspector.
Griffin’s Nipomo plumbing experts recognize that buying a home is a serious investment. We want you to be certain of what you’re getting yourself into. If you have questions, trust our professional plumbers to help you day or night. You can contact us online or simply call (805) 934-1949.
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