A building and pest inspection is standard practice when purchasing a new home, and whilst this may tell you if there are any obvious problems with plumbing, there may be plumbing problems hiding in plain site.
Plumbing is one of the most fundamental parts of a property’s construction, a house with plumbing problems can lead to seriously expensive repairs.
For this reason it pays to do your due diligence before buying a home and finding out about any horror stories. This plumbing checklist should help you find any potential issues.
The easiest way to check water quality and flow is to simply turn on the taps. Allow the water to run for a few seconds then check the colour, odour, flow and drainage. Water should be clear and free from any sediment. If the water is brown or murky, this can indicate cracked or bust pipes that are letting dirt into the water system.
In terms of odour, if you smell anything other than a very light smell of chlorine (of which a safe amount is used in most water treatment plants) then this is a red flag you should not ignore, especially if the smell resembles rotten eggs. This is a sign of a broken sewer pipe and screams costly repairs for plumbing and foundational damage.
Water should flow smoothly, if it’s trickling out or flowing unevenly, it can be a sign of damaged pipes.
Carefully inspect walls and ceilings for any stains that have been masked with paint, or cracks that have been filled with plaster. If it looks like there have been some water stains covered up or you notice cracks filled in, this could indicate past leaks and you’ll want to know that they have been rectified professionally and there has been no damage to the structural integrity of the home before making an offer.
If you are purchasing an older home or spot any signs that there may be an issue with the plumbing, the cost of a professional checking the system could save you thousands in the long run and should be part of making your offer conditional. A full plumbing check is not part of your standard building and pest report so be sure to add it into your contract terms and conditions. If you need any help, get in touch with us today!