How to Inspect Plumbing Before Buying a Home

With the housing market booming more people are buying houses, some for the first time. Mac Plumbing has a few ways to inspect the plumbing yourself before buying

Buying a new home is a major purchase and while there’s already a long list of items to check for and get done prior to moving in, it might not occur to you to have the plumbing inspected. Everything could look fine on the outside, only to discover the house has major plumbing issues. Here’s how you can inspect the plumbing yourself.

Locate the shut-off valve

  • Check for the location of the main shut-off valve.
    • This is helpful to minimize damage from accidental pipe rupture.
  • It’s also important to know where the sewer line is located in case you need to conduct periodic cleanouts.

Find water supply lines behind walls

  • Before pounding nails or drilling holes in the walls, locate where the water pipes are to reduce the chance of punctures.
  • Use an inexpensive stud finder to help.

Listen to your pipes

  • When you turn on the water for the first time, listen closely for water leaks or pipe noise.
  • Don’t ignore a leaky faucet. A steady drip can mean money going down the drain.
  • Have small leaks fixed promptly before they become bigger and more costly problems.

All moved in?

Buy a plunger

  • Using a high-quality plunger to clear clogs in toilets, sinks, and drains can save you money on emergency plumber calls.

Buy a wet/dry vacuum

  • A wet/dry vacuum can help dislodge small, hard objects like toys that accidentally get put in the toilet.
  • The vacuum will suck the object out opposed to using a plunger which only pushes the object deeper into the drain.

If this seems too overwhelming on top of everything else needed prior to buying a home, call Mac Plumbing to inspect your plumbing.

Our skilled and experienced plumbers at Mac Plumbing can help you identify any plumbing issues you may run into and recommend the right plumbing repair or replacement services for your home.
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