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Our Home-buyer's Plumbing Checklist

A house is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. As such, you want to make sure that everything is in order, including the plumbing. The last thing you want is to discover some unexpected plumbing issues after moving into your new home.

If you are in the market for a new home, it is important to arm yourself with the knowledge needed to ensure that that the property you are eyeing on has high-quality plumbing. Use this as a guide to ensure that the plumbing system is in order.

Inspect the water heater for signs of corrosion

A water heater is one of the most important appliances in the house. It provides a steady supply of hot water for day-to-day activities such bathing, washing clothes, and running the dishwasher. Over time, minerals and sediments can accumulate in the tank; hence, causing corrosion.

Check the water heater for signs of corrosion. Visible signs of corrosion within the water tank, rust-colored water, and rumbling noises emanating from the tank are the common signs that would indicate that the water heater needs to be replaced. You wouldn’t want to be the one to get stuck with a malfunctioning water heater.

Inspect the sewer line

Sewer problems are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. It is a messy, nasty problem that no one wants to deal with. Before making the commitment to buy any property, we recommend hiring a professional and have the sewer line inspected. This will not only give you an idea about the overall condition of the sewers, it will also help you determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed.

Check for water pressure

Turn the faucets and showers all the way and feel the pressure with your hand. You want to ensure that you are getting the right amount of water pressure you prefer throughout the house. The water should flow at a pressure of 35 to 80 psi.

Perform the test with the help of a water pressure gauge kit. You can purchase one in most hardware stores. Attach the gauge to a water outlet that it close to main water supply source. Make sure that you turn off all water appliances and faucets before you start the test.

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