The search for the perfect home can be a long and drawn-out process. So when the time comes around to do inspections, some people just want to get it over with so they can enjoy their new space. We suggest that before taking that final step into your new home, make sure you’ve inspected for any possible water damage. A little extra precaution can save you time, money and a whole lot of headaches. Need some pointers?
- Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to help you check the plumbing. If they refuse, that should be your first warning sign that there may be a serious problem.
- Checking pipes isn’t exactly a clean task. Get ready to get a little dirty and wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy in. Also, bring a good flashlight and don’t forget some gloves with a strong grip.
- As you inspect the pipes, check not only for signs of corrosion or damage, but also make sure to find out what materials the pipes are made from. Remember, if it’s an older house (specifically if it was built before 1986) there may be lead pipes in the home.
- When looking at the water heater, take note of its capacity, age, location and condition. Ideally, the water heater's tank should have a capacity of forty gallons for the average family of four.
- Lastly, try everything. Flush all of the toilets, run all of the faucets, turn on the showers or baths. Look for drips and leaks.
If you have any questions about inspections or checking your new home’s plumbing, call your local Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.