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Picking the Right Pipes: A Plumbing Checklist for Homebuyers

If you're in the market for a new home, then you want to make sure that everything is in order before you close the deal. You especially want to make sure that the plumbing system, from the pipes to the fixtures, isn't going to cause you any major problems right after you move in. A Rescue Rooter has put together a checklist that any prospective homebuyer can use to identify potential plumbing issues in a home:

Plumber inspecting plumbing system

Flush the toilet in every bathroom

You want to make sure that all of the toilets in the house are able to empty and refill correctly. After you flush a toilet, you should also remove the backing to confirm that everything appears to be in good condition.

Check water pressure

You'll also want to turn on a home's faucets and showerheads to check how strong the water pressure is. Low pressure can not only be annoying when trying to shower, wash your hands, or wash dishes, but it may also be an indicator of a larger plumbing problem.

Inspect fixtures for drips and leaks

As you test the fixtures throughout a home, make sure you also inspect them for any signs of drips and leaks. Check underneath all sinks and along any exposed pipes you can find. If you suspect a leak in an area you can't access, then it's a good idea to call for plumbing services.

Inspect the crawlspace for signs of leaks

It is very important that you also look for leaks, or for any signs of leaks, in the crawlspace. Even simply shining a flashlight into the crawlspace should be able to reveal any worrying water damage.

Check that the water heater is in good condition

Water heaters don't come cheap, and you don't want to buy a home that has a water heater which you are going to have to replace right away. If you notice extensive corrosion and damage, request that a new one be installed before you buy.

Check that the water heater can accommodate your needs

Finally, it is also a good idea to make sure that the water heater is large enough to provide for your family's water needs. It may be in great shape, but you'll likely find yourself replacing it if there's never enough hot water available. About 40 gallons (150 litres) for a family of four is recommended.

Find Your Dream Home with the Help of a Hamilton Plumber

While this checklist should help you find most plumbing problems, it is highly recommended that you also get a home inspection done by a qualified plumber before closing the deal and moving into your new home. Some potentially serious plumbing issues aren't that obvious to the untrained eye.

At A Rescue Rooter we have been providing plumbing services in St. Catharines and Hamilton since 1976. We've helped many homebuyers confidently seal the deal on their dream homes, and we'd be happy to help you out next. If you're looking for Hamilton and St. Catharines plumbers to inspect the plumbing in a new home, just get in touch with A Rescue Rooter today.