If you are in the process of purchasing a home, you will want to ensure that everything is in great condition. Unfortunately, it is easy to overlook the plumbing inside a home since it is out of sight and out of mind. If there are plumbing problems buried within the home you are purchasing, it can lead to costly problems down the road. Be aware of these 3 potential plumbing problems so they can be caught before you make your purchase.
Septic Tank Problems
Only 7% of homes in large communities use septic tanks instead of using the public sewer system. A septic tank may be hidden underneath the backyard of the home you are looking to purchase, but your nose may tell you that something is wrong with it. You should never be able to smell sewage from a septic tank system inside or outside your home. That sewage smell is an indicator that the tank has overflowed. Waste is either in the ground surrounding the tank, or the tank is damaged and needs to be repaired by a professional.
One thing that many homeowners fear is buying a home that has water damage. Thankfully, there are some visual indications on the walls, ceilings, and floors that a home has had water damage in the past.
Water stains are the most common and obvious sign of water damage. It is an indication that there is a leak behind the drywall that needs to be repaired, or there was a previous leak you should be aware of. The smell of mildew or mold can also be an indication that moisture is hidden behind the walls. Walls and floors that have water damage will also buckle from the material swelling with absorbed water.
Any sign of water damage is worth having a professional plumber, like Salinas & Sons Rooter Service, come and look at it. They can repair the problem after you move in to prevent the damage from getting worse.
Water Meter Accuracy
It is a good idea to have your water meter checked by a plumber to be sure it is reading accurately. They can compare the water meter usage of when water is in use to when water is at a stand still and verify if it's accurately reading your actual water use. They may even be able to identify a leak if they notice water usage while all of your faucets are turned off.
Being aware of these 3 problems will help ensure the home you buy has great plumbing.